Saturday, 07 September 2019 11:38

Good start to hat-trick bid

Written by Marshall Thomas

HELENSBURGH'S Gordon Reid and partner Alfie Hewett produced a fantastic performance on Thursday’s first day of US Open wheelchair competition, with the pair reaching their third successive mens doubles final at the last Grand Slam of the year.

Bidding for a hat-trick of doubles titles in New York, they sped to a 6-0, 6-3 victory over French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

In a rematch of the last two mens doubles finals they dropped just four points in the first four games against Houdet and Peifer, and Alfie fired a backhand winner to wrap up the first set in just 24 minutes, the Brits having dropped a total of just eight points.

The second set proved somewhat tougher, with the first three games taking longer than the entire first set. However, three-time Wimbledon champions Gordon and Alfie broke Peifer to move 5-3 ahead and Alfie served out the match after firing an unreturnable forehand at Peifer.

Now set to face French Open champions Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Shingo Kunieda of Japan in the final, Gordon said: “We’ve put a lot of work into the last three or four months, specifically as a team, to try to improve a few things in our game and I was just saying to Alfie that it’s great when it all comes together.

"We just did everything that we try to do normally, but just that bit better. We all enjoy these types of matches and this sort of environments.”

It was a disappointing result for Gordon on Friday night as his singles quarter-final was completed under the roof of the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

He was 3-1 up against Stephane Houdet before play was suspended, but went on to win the first set after play resumed close to midnight UK time. However he ultimately lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.