TEN­NIS STAR EYES UP AUSSIE OPEN

WHEEL­CHAIR TEN­NIS

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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