Alfie Hewett guaranteed one medal and closing on another at Rio Paralympics
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Norfolk's Alfie Hewett has ensured he will win at least a silver medal at the Paralympics.
Playing alongside Gordon Reid, the man he won the Wimbledon doubles title with this summer, Hewett has qualified for the gold-medal match.
The duo beat Japan's Shingo Kunieda and Satoshi Saida 6-2 6-4 in the semi-finals last night in Rio, to reach Thursday's final.
They became the first Brits to reach a Paralympic men's doubles final when they defeated Japan's 2004 Athens Paralympic champions but will now play French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France, in a rematch of the Wimbledon final.
Hwett, 18, also qualified for the singles semi-final earlier in the day. He went into the Games ranked 15th in the world in singles but is brushing aside some of the biggest names in wheelchair tennis.
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Hewett beat world number four Peifer 7-6 4-6 6-3 in the third round to set up a quarter-final clash with Sweden's Stefan Olsson.
The former Acle High School pupil continued his good form, beating Olsson 6-1 2-6 6-3 to seal a place in the semi-finals.
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He will face world number two Joachim Gerard – who beat him 6-0 6-4 in the singles quarter-finals at Wimbledon this year – today knowing that victory will seal at least a silver medal.
'I feel a lot calmer about winning today than I did yesterday as I think I got a lot of the emotion out yesterday and today I had pressure on myself as I'd already gone beyond where I thought I would,' Hewett said.
With Hewett and Reid in different semi-finals, there is still the possibility of an all-British gold medal or bronze medal match after world number three Reid won his quarter-final against Argentina's Gustavo Fernandez 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-1.
It was also a good day for Norwich's Amy Conroy who was part of the Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball team who beat China 57-38 to reach the semi-finals of the competition.