Gordon Reid booked his place in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters men’s singles semi-finals on the third day of play at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park , London.
Alfie Hewett came close to joining Reid in the last four and setting up an all-Brit semi-final, but narrowly lost out to world No.1 Stephane Houdet of France. Meanwhile, Antony Cotterill’s hopes of joining Andy Lapthorne in the quad singles semi-finals also came to an end, with Cotterill finishing joint fifth and Lucy Shuker finishing joint fifth in the women’s singles.
Reid will bid to regain the men’s singles world No. 1 ranking from Houdet on Saturday after a confident 6-1, 6-2 victory over Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands saw the British No.1 top his round-robin pool unbeaten.
Hewett faced a winner-takes-all match against Houdet in a bid to finish second in the other pool and the 18-year-old Rio silver medallist made a fantastic start, moving a set and a break ahead of Houdet. Howewer, the Frenchman gradually fought back to prevail 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Hewett subsequently finishes his NEC Masters debut in joint fifth place.
If Reid beats Houdet in their semi-final he will guarantee that he will be the year-end men’s singles world No. 1. Reid first went to world No.1 after winnint the men’s singles gold medal at the Rio Paralympics, only for Houdet to go back to the top spot three weeks later.
With Lapthorne already into the quad singles semi-finals, Cotterill needed to beat Korea’s Kyu-Seung Kim to also book his place in the last four. However, world No. 6 Kim proved a tough opponent, edging out Cotterill 7-5, 6-3.
Lucy Shuker made a bold attempt at overcoming the odds against world No. 1 Jiske Griffioen in another winner-takes-all last women’s singles pool match. But Griffioen ultimately proved strongest to win 6-2, 7-5.