Andy Lapthorne, Jordanne Whiley and Gordon Reid all booked their places in the semi-finals at the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham on a rain-affected day at Nottingham Tennis Centre. The trio all came through tests in their quarter-finals on a good day for the Brits.
Wimbledon champion Reid faced Stefan Olsson, who he had beaten just over two weeks ago to claim his historic title at SW19. After a close first set the world No.2 stepped up the pace in the second to power to a 7-5, 6-3 win. He will now face Belgium’s Joachim Gerard for a place in the final.
“The first set was tough and it was tight, I was glad to get that one under my belt and then I upped my game in the second set,” said Reid. “Stefan is a tough opponent, we had a good battle at Wimbledon recently in the singles, but that didn’t have much bearing on today, it’s a different surface and a different game on hard. I’m really pleased to be through to the semi-finals.”
There was more good news for Britain as Wimbledon champions Reid and Alfie Hewett moved into the semi-finals, defeating the Swedish pairing of Olsson and Dan Wallin 6-4, 6-4. They will play third seeds Frederic Cattaneo and Michael Jeremiasz in the semi-finals.
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