Norfolk teen Alfie Hewett beats world number seven in South Africa

Alfie Hewett has progressed in South Africa.

Alfie Hewett has progressed in South Africa. - Credit: Submitted

Alfie Hewett secured his best win of 2016 so far when he beat Swedish world number seven Stefan Olsson at the ITF One Series Gauteng Open in South Africa.

The 18-year-old British number two, from Cantley, near Acle, beat fourth seed Olsson 6-4, 6-2 to reach the singles quarter-finals and will now face French eighth seed Frederic Cattaneo, a player the City College Norwich student has beaten in their last two career meetings, as he bids to reach his first men's singles semi-final at ITF One Series level.

'I'm really pleased with the win today, it's been a while since I beat a top 10 player, although I had some near misses in matches against top 10 opposition earlier this year in Australia and at the ITF Two in Bolton,' Hewett said.

'Stefan beat me 6-3, 6-4 in Bolton last year in my only other match against him, so to get my first win against him under my belt is a big confidence boost.

Hewett and other members of the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme are building up to next week's SA Open in Johannesburg, the sport's next Super Series event.


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