Australian Open: Alfie Hewett in the men’s wheelchair singles and doubles final; Ranah Stoiber in the girls’ semi-finals | Tennis News


Britain’s Alfie Hewett has advanced to the men’s wheelchair singles and doubles finals at the Australian Open, while Ranah Stoiber is through to the women’s semi-finals.

Hewett will look for a third chance in the men’s wheelchair singles in Melbourne after advancing to the final with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Japan’s Takuya Miki.

Hewett, seeded number one after the retirement of longtime rival Shingo Kunieda, faces fellow Japanese player, third seed Tokito Oda, in the final as he aims to win a seventh singles title of the Grand Slam.

Hewett will also be looking to win a fourth straight doubles title here with Gordon Reid. The pair reached the final with a 6-4 6-4 win over Daisuke Arai and Takashi Sanada.

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Ranah Stoiber qualified for girls’ semi-finals in Melbourne

Stoiber became the first British girl to reach the junior semi-finals at the Australian Open in eight years.

The 17-year-old beat Poland’s Weronika Ewald 6-3 6-3 in the quarter-finals to better her run at the US Open last summer.

Katie Swan, who lost in the final in 2015, was the last Briton to advance to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park while Aidan McHugh reached the boys’ semi-finals in 2018.

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain, reacts against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, during a match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Stoiber was inspired by Emma Raducanu’s journey to Grand Slam champion

Stoiber is keen to become the first British girl to win a junior Grand Slam singles title since Heather Watson at the US Open in 2009 and the first overall since Oliver Golding won the men’s title in New York in 2011.

She will face in the semi-final the Russian Mirra Andreeva, 15, already in the top 300 of the women’s ranking.

Speaking about her inspiration, Stoiber once said: “Emma Raducanu has given such great hope to British tennis players. She is very young so seeing what she has done inspires me to work hard every day to try to reach his level.”


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