Great Britain’s Alfie Hewett produced an exemplary performance to win his first men’s singles US Open title and his second career Grand Slam singles title on Sunday in New York, defeating world No.1 Shingo Kunieda of Japan 6-3, 7-5.
Exactly a week on from world No.2 Hewett beating Kunieda in the final of the US Open USTA Wheelchair Championships in St, Louis to win the last Super Series title of the year, Hewett bounced back from 2-0 down to take the opening set. After a tentative start he visibly increased his intensity and hit a succession of impressive winners to reel off four games in succession and another forehand winner saw Hewett convert his second set point.
Hewett swapped service breaks with 22-time Grand Slam singles champion and six-time US Open champion Kunieda early in the second set and had chalked up in excess of 40 winners midway through the set. The 20-year-old Brit held to open up a 5-3 lead and had his first championship point in the next game. After breaking Kunieda’s serve to love for a 6-5 lead Hewett served for the match for a second time and set up another championship point with a backhand winner. Kunieda fired his next service return long to complete a famous victory for the British No.1 after an hour and 55 minutes.
Hewett’s victory means Brits completed the US Open wheelchair tennis event with three titles after Hewett and Gordon Reid beat top seeds Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the final of the men’s doubles for the second year in a row on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Andy Lapthorne partnered David Wagner of the USA to win the quad doubles title for the second year in a row.
Hewett completes a full set of Grand Slam singles titles for British men’s players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme. Reid won the Australian Open and Wimbledon singles titles in 2016 before Hewett claimed his maiden Grand Slam singles crown at Roland Garros in 2017.
THE NORFOLK CLOSED TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
- Some incredible finals and a 6 time winner
The summer tournament season concluded last week with the inaugural county closed championships held at the East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club at Lime Tree Road.
Despite weeks of warm weather and sunshine, Tournament Referee Derek Perry had some cooler conditions to deal with when scheduling matches for players aged between 7-70!
The draws were full of players who train on the county coaching programme but it was great to see some other competitors who performed with great skill and some success.
The age group events were staggered throughout the week allowing for some competitors to take part in multiple events if they choose to. Emily Barrett, who early in the summer had represented the Ladies County Cup team in Division 1, had entered 6 events. If that wasn’t enough of a challenge, she remained undefeated throughout the week to claim 3 singles and 3 doubles titles. She was pushed to the limit in the Ladies Final, recovering from a set down against fellow Ladies County player Rosie Pooley before winning 2-6, 7-6, 10-8.
Another multiple winner in the week was Matilda Cabrera Burns who won both the U/9 and U/10 Girls events.
Hannah Wilson Kemsley competed in 3 singles finals, twice losing to Emily in u/16. u/18 age group, however she became u/14 champion after beating Mia Bartram 7-6, 6-3 in the u/14 category.
There were 3 fantastically close finals in the male categories. In the U/18 event Alex Watkinson edged out Fred Withers 6-3, 4-6, 10-6. Kris Jenkins, coach to some of the competing junior players outlasted fellow Men’s county player Alex Mcnaughton 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 in a tense finish.
It was great to see so many senior players competing. The Over 35 final between Robert Hall and Mark Eglington also went the distance with Robert eventually winning 6-3, 1-6, 10-5.
Rufus Snelling beat George Head 10-3
Jack Bradshaw beat Nathan Collins 7-5, 7-2
Matilda Cabrera Burns beat Ellis Greenlees 7-0, 7-3
Blyth Hammonds beat James Henery 4-2, 4-1
Matilda Cabrera Burns beat Anghela Sianosa 5-3
Isabella Taylor beat Ruby Syer 6-3, 6-1
Oli Buckingham Green beat Jayden Durham 6-1, 6-2
Hannah Wilson Kemsley beat Mia Bartram 7-6, 6-3
Joe Henden beat Will Stoppani 7-5, 6-3
Emily Barrett beat Hannah Wilson Kemsley 6-0, 6-2
Scott Whiting beat Will Stoppani 6-2, 6-1
Emily Barrett beat Hannah Wilson Kemsley 6-2, 6-2
Alex Watkinson beat Fred Withers 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
Emily Barrett beat Rosie Pooley 2-6, 7-6, 10-8
Kris Jenkins beat Alex Mcnaughton 6-3, 3-6, 10-8
Neil Henery beat Robert Ollman 6-0, 6-1
David Youngs beat Robert Hall 6-1, 6-1
Robert Hall beat Mark Eglington 6-3, 1-6, 10-5