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SA wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole will face American David Wagner in the bronze medal match. Source: Twitter/@RoodepoortNorth

JOHANNESBURG – South African quads world number three Lucas Sithole’s bid for a Paralympic gold medal came up short after a 6-0 6-3 semi-final defeat to top seed Australian Dylan Alcott, at the Rio Wheelchair Tennis event yesterday.

Sithole will head to the bronze-medal match tomorrow (Wednesday) to take another shot at South Africa’s first wheelchair tennis medal.

The 29-year-old Sithole will face former world number one David Wagner of the US, who lost 6-3 2-6 6-3 to world number four Andy Lapthorne of Great Britain in the other semi-final.

The two-time Grand Slam Champion Sithole went into his semi-final after a gruelling two-set win over Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva the previous night.

Dylan served really well today,” Sithole said.

“I had too many unforced errors and double faults today. He gave me a little pressure but need to work on that, regroup and refresh my mind for my match against David Wagner.”

– African News Agency