High Flying Hewett Cajun Classic Champion

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Ellen Heath

Words by Colette Carr

World number one Alfie Hewett continued his electric start to 2018 after lifting his first men’s singles Super Series without dropping a single set at the Cajun Classic.

Continuing the form of his life, the 20-year-old beat Japan’s Shingo Kunieda 6-3, 7-6(6) defending his title.

“He’s beaten me the last couple of times so I was really up for today, even though I felt tired. I really wanted to get on court and prove a point. He’s had a really good start to the year and played some his best tennis for a long, long while. I knew it was going to be tough and I came out and played some of my best tennis.

“I really focussed on process goals and they paid off this week. I haven’t dropped a set and that’s a very big thing for me, so I can go home very, very happy,” Hewett said.

Elsewhere at Baton Rouge, Brit Lucy Shuker and doubles partner Diede de Groot won their second women’s doubles title in as many weeks.

The second seeds rallied round after trailing 5-2 in the third to defeat Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 after beating the Dutch duo last week in the Georgian final.

The British number one said: “I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love playing with Diede, we know how we need to play and even when things aren’t working we work really well together to find our form. Today we were 5-2 down in the third and even faced a match point, but I know with Diede we will always keep fighting and working.”