TENNIS STAR EYES UP AUSSIE OPEN
ICKENHAM’S Jordanne Whiley is targeting Australian Open glory after finishing third at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters in London at the weekend.
Whiley beat world number one Yui Kamiji of Japan 6-3 6-3 in her third and fourth place playoff to end the year on a high and to win $2,950.
Kamiji and Whiley completed a calendar Grand Slam together in the doubles this year but it was Whiley who came out on top in their singles encounter.
Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands beat Whiley in the semi-finals of the competition before going on to win the tournament but the 22-year-old now has her sights set on her first Grand Slam singles title.
“I wanted to finish on a high and not just beat the world number one once,” said Whiley.
“I am still gutted about the semi-final results but now going into the Australian Open I think it’s going to be quite exciting.
“Before this tournament I was aiming to make the semi-finals there but now I think I’m going out there to win it.
“I’ll be looking to go and win at least one singles Grand Slam in singles and that at the moment will be the Australian Open.”
Meanwhile, Eastcote’s Andy Lapthorne was knocked out of the quad competition at the pool stage.
US Open singles champion Lapthorne, 24, finished the competition fourth after withdrawing with injury to give his opponent Lucas Sithole of South Africa a walkover.
Dylan Alcott of Australia and David Wagner of the USA advanced to the final with the American coming out on top.
n AIMING HIGH: Ickenham’s Jordanne Whiley in action at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters where she finished third
Photo by James Jordan