Hewett reaches semi-final at Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

Hewett reaches semi-final at Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Alfie Hewett

Alfie Hewett kept British hopes alive at the Bath Indoor Wheelchair Tennis Tournament as he reached the semi-final of the men’s singles.

There was further British success as Lucy Shuker reached the women’s doubles final with her partner Diede de Groot.

Eighteen-year-old Hewett came past world No. 8 Maikel Scheffers in two sets, 6-0, 6-3. After cruising to the first set Hewett faced more resistance from Scheffers in the second but pulled through to book his place in the last four where he will play second seed Gustavo Fernandez for a place in the final.

In the other semi-final Stefan Olsson will play top seed Joachim Gerard after both players came through their matches in straight sets with few problems.

“I’m delighted to be in the semi-finals and to make it there relatively comfortably,” said Hewett.

“My level dipped in the second set and I made some sloppy errors but I managed to close it out and I’m looking forward to the semis tomorrow. I lost to Gustavo the last time we played but I’ve beaten him before, including at World Team Cup in May, so I know I can go out there and get the win.”

There was no such joy, however, for Britain’s remaining player in the women’s singles draw with Jordanne Whiley losing in the semi-finals to Diede de Groot of the Netherlands.

In a rematch of their Rio Paralympic quarter-final, which de Groot also won, the young Dutchwoman was too strong for Whiley as she moved into the final with a 6-3, 6-0 victory.

“I’m disappointed to lose but all in all it’s not been a bad week,” said Whiley. “It’s my first match back following my injury after Rio and it’s been good to get some time on court before the Masters in two weeks’ time.”

De Groot will play Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock in the final after Ellerbrock toppled the top seed Marjolein Buis in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

There will be further British representation in the finals held at the University of Bath with Lucy Shuker reaching the women’s doubles final along with her partner de Groot. Shuker and de Groot, who won the Doubles Masters title at the start of the month, won a final set tiebreak 10-8 to book their place in the final at the expense of Shuker’s fellow Brit Louise Hunt and her partner Kgothatso Montjane.

“I’m really pleased to be into the final here with Diede and I thought we played some good tennis,” said Shuker. “Our level dropped a bit in the second set and the tiebreak was tight but we’re feeling confident after winning the Doubles Masters and looking forward to the final.”

There was more British success with James Shaw teaming up with Israel’s Itay Erenlib to win the quad doubles title, beating Richard Green and Laura Swetman 6-1, 6-0.

In the men’s doubles, however, there was less joy as the all-Brit pairing of Hewett and Dave Phillipson lost their semi-final to the top seeds Joachim Gerard and Stefan Olsson, 6-2 6-4. Olsson and Gerard will play second seeds Gustavo Fernandez and Maikel Scheffers for the title after they defeated Evans Maripa and Daniel Caverzaschi 6-1, 6-3.