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Last Week: Parasports Round-Up


WHEELCHAIR TENNIS / US OPEN / NEW YORK, U.S.A


Photo Credit: Takeo Tanuma/ITF Wheelchair Tennis

Alfie Hewett again comes out of a major tournament as the name on everyone’s lips. Despite losing to Stephane Houdet in the final of the men’s singles tournament it was Hewett’s endeavours elsewhere that will ensure his name be synonymous with the 2017 US Open.

Nobody will quickly forget Hewett’s debut U.S Open semi-final. An incredible 3 hour win over compatriot Gordon Reid, where both had match points before Hewett prevailed 7-5 5-7 7-6 (10-8). Scheduling meant that the semi-final opponents then had a short turnaround time to throw on a change of shirt before teaming up against top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer for the doubles title.

Given the epic battle both had been through, it was remarkable to witness their composure, eventually triumphing over the experienced French pairing 7-5 6-4. Hewett was, understandably drained after such an exhausting day and failed to overcome Houdet in the final with the veteran Frenchman coming out 6-2 4-6 6-3.


Photo Credit: Takeo Tanuma/ITF Wheelchair Tennis

Yui Kamiji continued her relentless form in 2017 and picked up the Women’s singles title with a 7-5 6-2 win over Diede de Groot from the Netherlands. However, De Groot did have something to celebrate in the doubles tournament where she joined Marjolein Buis to defeat Dana Mathewson and Aniek Van Koot.

David Wagner continued his domination of the Quads category with the American defeating another Brit Andy Lapthorne 7-5 3-6 6-4. This after Lapthore had been on the same side of the net as Wagner to defeat Australia's Dylan Alcott and Bryan Barten of the US in the doubles final.

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY / IWRF AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIPS / ASUNCION, PARAGUAY


Photo Credit: USA Wheelchair Rugby

The United States stormed to victory against bitter rivals Canada in a pulsating final game, beating their Northern neighbours 54-43. Canada were slight favourites for the game which added to the intensity of the game as these two heavyweights of Wheelchair Rugby slogged it out for Gold.

MVP for the tournament went to Josh Wheeler of the U.S team, with Chuck Aoki, again of the U.S team finishing as the tournament’s top scorer. The next major tournament in the Wheelchair Rugby calendar is the Invictus Games held in Toronto 23 – 30 September where some of the Canadian team at least will be hoping that home turf will give them the advantage they need to silence their noisy neighbours.

PARA TABLE TENNIS / CZECH OPEN / OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC


Photo Credit: Andela Muzinic

If the bookmakers had been taking bets on the Czech Open they would have been rubbing their hands with glee as the vast majority of medals went the way of the odds on favourites, with only a few upsets breaking the pattern. One such favourite was Andela Muzinic. The Croatian, whose breakthrough came in London 2012 before picking up a silver medal at Rio deservedly went home with two Gold medals from Ostrava.


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