Wheelchair tennis: Day six preview

Wheelchair tennis quad singles gold and bronze medal matches take centre stage on Wednesday (14 September). 14 Sep 2016
Dylan Alcott of Australia plays Andy Lapthorne in men's quad singles at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Dylan Alcott of Australia plays Andy Lapthorne in men's quad singles at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

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Medal positions will be decided in the quad singles on a wonderful Wednesday in the wheelchair tennis competitions. The women’s singles bronze medal will also be determined, while the men’s singles semi-finals take place.

Quad Singles

Dylan Alcott will be looking to back-up his quad doubles gold with another gold when he faces Great Britain’s Andy Lapthorne.

Lapthorne won quad doubles bronze on Tuesday and will go into the singles final as the underdog. The 25-year-old will be aiming to emulate the success of his former doubles partner Peter Norfolk, who won singles gold in 2008.

The medal match is the last game to get underway on Centre Court.

The bronze medal match between Lucas Sithole of South Africa and David Wagner of America begins at midday on Court Two.

Wagner will be looking for victory to ensure he does not miss out on a quad singles medal for the first time since its introduction into the Paralympics, while Sithole will want to win his country’s first wheelchair tennis medal in its history.

Women’s Singles

Paralympic debutant Diede de Groot has the chance to make it a Netherlands gold, silver and bronze when she faces off against Yui Kamiji.

Netherlands already have an all-Dutch final and de Groot could make it a clean sweep for the second successive Paralympics in the women’s singles, but second seed Kamiji will want a medal for her country when they go head-to-head on Centre Court in the afternoon.

Men’s Singles

A gold medal spot is up for grabs for the men on day six as the top four will be spilt for the gold and bronze medal matches.

Gordon Reid and Stephane Houdet open proceedings on Centre Court as the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion faces the silver medallist from four years ago.

Following Reid and Houdet on Centre Court will be second seed Joachim Gerard and young rising British star Alfie Hewett.

Gerard beat former two-time gold medallist Shingo Kunieda to get to the semi-final, while Hewett, who claimed Wimbledon doubles success alongside Reid, beat Sweden’s Stefan Olsson.