July 13, 2017 13:28 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Wimbledon wheelchair star Stefan Olsson beats Gordon Reid

Wimbledon wheelchair star Stefan Olsson beats Gordon Reid

Gordon Reid surrendered his Wimbledon wheelchair singles title with defeat on Thursday to the man he beat in last year's final.

Gordon Reid surrendered his Wimbledon wheelchair singles title with defeat on Thursday to the man he beat in last year's final.

World number two Reid struggled on his return to Court 17, the scene of his triumphs in the singles and doubles last year.

Sweden's Stefan Olsson proved too strong for the top-seeded Scot, winning 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals.

Sweden's Stefan Olsson (above) after beating Gordon Reid as the 2016 champion is dethroned 

Sweden's Stefan Olsson (above) after beating Gordon Reid as the 2016 champion is dethroned 

Reid went on to add Paralympic singles gold to his Wimbledon triumph last summer, but this year has been more of a struggle.

He also lost in the opening round of the singles at both the Australian Open and French Open, with doubles team-mate Alfie Hewett going on to take the title at the latter tournament.

The 25-year-old Reid held serve as he got under way against Olsson but then dropped five games in a row, and soon the opening set was gone.

The win sees 30-year-old Olsson now progress into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon

The win sees 30-year-old Olsson now progress into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon

The talented Reid has had a year to forget after the stunning successes of 12 months ago

The talented Reid has had a year to forget after the stunning successes of 12 months ago

His struggles continued into the second set, despite the encouragement of the crowd, and at 4-0 behind his hopes looked over.

Reid got back to 4-3 and threatened a second break of serve when he forced Olsson to deuce in the next game, but the 30-year-old bearded Swede resisted the pressure.

It was all over for Reid when Olsson took his second match point, the home player lobbing a forehand a foot over the baseline.


 

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