Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:33

Gordon's singles bid is over

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid gave 2018 mens singles finalist Stephane Houdet plenty to think about on the first day of the wheelchair tennis event at the Australian Open, but his hopes of a second singles title in four years at Melbourne Park ultimately came to an end.

Gordon saved three break points in the third game of the match to keep the contest on serve and then saved two set points at 5-4 down to maintain parity.

The Rio Paralympic champion saved a further two set points in the tiebreak before world no.4 Houdet snatched the advantage.

Gordon, the 2016 Australian Open champion, battled back to claim the only break of the second set, but his challenge began to falter in the decider and Houdet went to seal a 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-2 win.

The burgh man will have his opportunity to gain some consolation tomorrow when he partners Alfie Hewett in the mens doubles semi-finals, with Houdet on the other side of the net.

Three-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champions Hewett and Reid will begin their bid for a third successive Grand Slam doubles crown against Houdet and Australian Ben Weekes.