Further success for Norfolk wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett in Italy
- Credit: Tennis Foundation
Cantley wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett has claimed his latest victory over a world top-10 ranked senior opponent to reach the men's singles final at the Trofeo della Mole ITF 2 Series tournament in Turin, Italy.
British number four Hewett – who studies at City College Norwich – defeated British number three David Phillipson in his quarter-final and beat former ITF world champion, current world number seven and tournament top seed Maikel Scheffers of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2 in his semi-final.
'I'm very pleased with the result today; I've been struggling recently with my singles game and not getting the performances and results I was wanting, so it was a good feeling to finally get a good performance and cause a shock result,' said the 17-year-old, who has won two major doubles titles in the last three weeks.
He partnered fellow Brit Gordon Reid to victory for his first Super Series title at the British Open in Nottingham before then joining forces with Scheffers to win the men's doubles at last week's ITF 1 Series Belgian Open.
That followed hot on the heels of making his Wimbledon debut, losing in the third-place play-off of the men's doubles alongside Belgium's Joachim Gerard.
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Hewett now plays Japan's Takuya Miki in today's title decider, having already beaten Miki in Australia in January for his first win of the season over a world top-10 ranked player.
'I played one of my best matches and stayed aggressive and positive throughout. I'm really looking forward to playing Miki and will be aiming to keep up the level I played,' added Hewett.
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