French Open: British Hopes End At Semi-Final Stages

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Words by Colette Carr

British hopes for a successful Roland Garros outing were dashed this afternoon as Gordon Reid fell at the singles semi-final before his and Alfie Hewett’s doubles dreams were ended at the hands of Frederic Cattaneo and Stefan Olsson.

Reid faced world number three Shingo Kunieda this morning as he chased his first French Open final appearance since his defeat to Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez in 2016.

But the clinical and relentless Japanese effort was too much for Reid as he succumbed to Kunieda 6-2, 6-0.

Later on, the 26-year-old returned to Court Number Nine with fellow Brit Alfie Hewett in a bid to reach a successive doubles final. But despite a tighter affair than Reid’s morning showing, the French and Swedish duo were too powerful taking it in two sets 6-4, 6-4.