HEWETT CLINCHES KOREA OPEN TRIUMPH

HEWETT CLINCHES KOREA OPEN TRIUMPH

Alfie Hewett shone in Seoul as he defeated top seed Joachim Gerard to win the Korea Open men’s singles title for the second time in his career.

The 21-year-old’s march to the title saw him revisit two match-ups from his silver medal-winning singles campaign at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In the semi-finals, Hewett defeated British colleague Gordon Reid, his conqueror in the Rio gold medal match just under two-and-a-half years ago, teeing up another meeting with Belgium’s Gerard.

At the last Paralympics, Hewett triumphed in the semi-finals and the British star has now won ten of his last 12 meetings with former world number one Gerard, sealing a 7-6(6) 7-5 success in Seoul.

The Norfolk native also tasted Korea Open success in 2016.

Hewett’s title win wrapped up a superb tournament for British competitors in Seoul, with Lucy Shuker having clinched her third doubles title in a row on Good Friday.

The 38-year-old, who had previously won the Busan Open and Daegu Open with fellow Brit Jordanne Whiley, defeated top seeds Marjolein Buis and Dana Mathewson, of the Netherlands and United States respectively, 6-4 6-3 alongside partner Kgothatso Montjane.