Elated Whi­ley clinches her first sin­gles tro­phy

Wim­ble­don dou­bles champ tastes suc­cess on her own TEN­NIS

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

NICK Comp­ton was a proud man af­ter reach­ing 10,000 first-class runs in Mid­dle­sex’s draw with Som­er­set at Mer­chant Tay­lors’ School.

The 32-year-old brought up the land­mark in the first in­nings and has 23 cen­turies in red ball cricket, with two of them com­ing in Tests.

Mid­dle­sex’s ju­nior sides play at Mer­chant Tay­lors’ and Comp­ton re­called sit­ting in the pav­il­ion as a 16-year-old just hop­ing to make it

The Wim­ble­don dou­bles cham­pion beat Aniek van Koot of the Nether­lands 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at Not­ting­ham Ten­nis Cen­tre to clinch the ti­tle.

It came just one day af­ter Whi­ley had knocked out world num­ber one Jiske Grif­fioen and saw the Par­a­lympian bounce back from drop­ping the open­ing set against van Koot to taste in­di­vid­ual glory for the first time.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m used to just be­ing a quar­ter or semi­fi­nal­ist at Su­per Se­ries events like this and now I’m here on fi­nals day and I’ve just won the tour­na­ment,” Whi­ley said.

“To­day I hope I proved to my­self and other play­ers that I’m a con­tender for the sin­gles and, lead­ing up to Rio next year, a as a pro­fes­sional and, at the time, would have snapped your hand off if any­one had told him he would reach such a mile­stone.

“I sup­pose it’s quite nice to look back and think I’ve got 10,000 first class runs. I sup­pose that’s an achieve­ment. I knew I was some­where around there, but I didn’t know how many I was away.

“Some­times you get so im­mersed in the day to day run­ning and your con­tender for gold as well. For so long I’ve been want­ing to prove my­self in sin­gles, but it hasn’t quite worked out.

“I’ve gained a lot of con­fi­dence from this tour­na­ment, but I’ve also learned a lot about my­self and my game to take into the US open. I re­ally pushed my­self.

“I’m not in the best form, I’ve said that all week. I think that is what makes it a lit­tle more spe­cial, be­cause when I am on form imag­ine what I can do.

“I’m so grate­ful to all my team and for the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion sup­port and Na­tional Lottery and UK Sport fund­ing that has helped me to pre­pare and achieve re­sults such as this.”

Also on the penul­ti­mate day of play, Andy Lapthorne fin­ished run­ner-up in the quad sin­gles fi­nal as South Africa’s Lu­cas Sithole won his sec­ond Bri­tish Open ti­tle in three years.

World num­ber three Lapthorne led world num­ber four Sithole by a set and 4-1 be­fore Sithole fought back, win­ning 4-6 6-3 6-4 to re­gain the Bri­tish Open ti­tle he won for first time in 2013. own per­for­mances and then you look back and it’s quite strange sit­ting here where I played my first games for Mid­dle­sex.

“I can re­mem­ber be­ing here as a young­ster hop­ing to play for Mid­dle­sex one day, let alone scor­ing 10,000 runs. It’s quite nice to come back where it all started and reach that fig­ure so that’s cool.”

Comp­ton still har­bours hopes of adding to his nine Test caps and, with Adam Lyth and Gary Bal­lance strug­gling against Aus­tralia, big runs would help him push his case.

He added: “I want to keep play­ing well for Mid­dle­sex and con­tribut­ing to team per­for­mances.

“I’d love to play for Eng­land again and be­lieve I’d do a good job.”

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