The Wimbledon wheelchair tennis event begins at The Championships, with the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals
MATCH RESULTS – THURSDAY, 13 JULY
Stefan Olsson (SWE) beat Gordon Reid (GBR) 6-2, 6-3
A rematch of the 2016 men’s singles final ended with last year’s losing finalist and world No. 7 Stefan Olsson beating top-seeded Brit and defending champion Gordon Reid. Olsson was in control from the outset, taking a 5-1 first set lead and despite Reid making something of a comeback in the second set, Olsson moved into the semi-finals for the second year on his second match point.
Shingo Kunieda (JPN) beat Maikel Scheffers (NED) 6-3, 6-2
Kunieda, the men’s wild card for this year’s Wimbledon wheelchair tennis event, secured his debut singles win on the grass at The Championships. After missing last year’s event whilst recovering from injury, 39-time Grand Slam champion Kunieda moves on to the last four.
Alfie Hewett (GBR) beat Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 4-6 6-2, 6-2
World No.6 Alfie Hewett secured his first singles win at Wimbledon as he began his bid for back-to-back Grand Slam titles. The 19-year-old Roland Garros champion recovered well after dropping the opening set to world No.5 Peifer and broke the Frenchman’s serve to love to open up a 5-2 second set lead on his way to forcing the decider. Hewett missed the opportunity to take a 3-0 lead in the final set but soon took a commanding 5-1 lead and closed out victory with a forehand smash after an hour and 34 minutes.
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) beat Stephane Houdet (FRA) 6-2, 6-4
After arriving at Wimbledon this year as world No.1 for the first time, Australian Open champion and Roland Garros finalist Gustavo Fernandez booked his place in his first Wimbledon men’s singles semi-final with an accomplished performance against world No.3 Stephane Houdet Fernandez came from 3-1 down in the second set to book his place in the last four against Alfie Hewett, setting up a rematch of last month’s Roland Garros final.
Yui Kamiji (JPN) beat Lucy Shuker (GBR) 6-3, 6-1
Australian Open and Roland Garros champion Yui Kamiji began her bid for a third Grand Slam singles title of 2017 with a confident performance against British No.1 and world No.7 Lucy Shuker. Still on serve after the first five games, Shuker was subsequently unable to stay with the current world No.1 as Kamiji moved a set and 5-0 ahead before finally sealing the win.
Aniek van Koot (NED) beat Jiske Griffioen (NED) 6-3, 6-2
On a day when both 2016 singles runners-up avenged their defeats in last year’s finals, world No.4 van Koot booked her place in her second Wimbledon ladies’ singles semi-final after beating her compatriot and doubles partner. Van Koot has now met Griffioen in her opening match at each of this year’s three Grand Slams to date and while Griffioen won in Melbourne en route to the Australian Open final, van Koot followed up on her quarter-final win at Roland Garros last month.
Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) beat Marjolein Buis (NED) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4
Roland Garros finalist Sabine Ellerbrock reached her first ladiess’ singles semi-final at Wimbledon after coming though the longest match on the opening day of play. Ellerbrock prevailed after two hours and 42 minutes, having come through a tense second set tie-break, and will now play world No.1 Yui Kamiji of Japan for a place in the final.
Diede de Groot (NED) beat Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 6-2, 7-6(4)
Diede de Groot made a winning debut on the grass at Wimbledon after withstanding a second set comeback from 2016 semi-finalists Jordanne Whiley. Whiley fought back from 5-1 down to force the second set tie-break and saved three match points before world No.3 de Groot finally converted her fourth match point to earn a semi-final against fellow Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot.