Ten­nis stars take an in­door dou­ble

WHEEL­CHAIR TEN­NIS

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Mar­shall Thomas tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

JOR­DANNE Whi­ley and Andy Lapthorne marked 200 days to go un­til the start of the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympics by clinch­ing a Bri­tish and Hilling­don dou­ble at the ITF 2 Se­ries USN Bolton Arena In­door Wheel­chair Ten­nis Tour­na­ment.

World num­ber four and top seed Whi­ley beat three fel­low world top 10 ranked play­ers on her way to re­tain­ing the women’s sin­gles ti­tle, in­clud­ing straight sets wins over Ger­many’s Katha­rina Kruger and Hol­land’s Diede de Groot.

The reign­ing US Open cham­pion then came from 4-2 down to dom­i­nate the fi­nal set tie-break and beat Dutch se­cond seed and world num­ber six Mar­jolein Buis 2-6 6-0 7-6.

“It was re­ally im­por­tant for me this week be­cause the last two times I’ve played Diede and Mar­jolein I’ve lost so I was out for re­venge a lit­tle bit,” said Whi­ley.

“I wanted to prove to my­self that I was good enough to chal­lenge them this time. In the first set of the fi­nal I felt I tried to go for too much too soon and in the se­cond I just picked my spa­ces. I got a bit tight and ner­vous in the fi­nal set, but I’m still very happy that I pulled through and won.”

With Whi­ley and Buis hav­ing also reached the women’s dou­bles fi­nal to­gether for the loss of just one game, they sub­se­quently had to award a walkover to Bri­tish duo Louise Hunt and Lucy Shuker, with Buis feel­ing the ef­fects of a fall from her ten­nis chair dur­ing the sin­gles fi­nal.

Lapthorne also pro­duced three con­fi­dent straight sets wins to reach the quad sin­gles fi­nal, in­clud­ing a 6-2, 6-3 vic­tory over Swe­den’s Anders Hard, the player who beat the East­cote world num­ber four in the 2015 fi­nal. Lapthorne also went a set down in the de­cider, but fin­ished con­fi­dently to beat at Is­rael’s for­mer world No.1 Shraga a Weinberg 1-6, 6-4, 6-0.

“I’ve strug­gled here in Bolton for the he last two years and haven’t man­aged to o get over the line, so it’s nice to get the he win this time,” said Lapthorne, af­ter er clinch­ing the first of three ti­tles for or play­ers on the Ten­nis Foun­da­tion’s’ s Wheel­chair Ten­nis World Class ss Pro­gramme.

“I’ve beaten some good play­ers and d am pleased to have won two sin­gles es ti­tles quite close to­gether af­ter re­turn­ing g from Aus­tralia re­cently with the he Mel­bourne Open ti­tle. It’s 200 days to o go un­til Rio to­day, so it’s great to get et the win and some solid per­for­mances.”

A sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nal­ist in Bolton, n, Ick­en­ham’s Marc McCar­roll came close se to cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day with a place ce in the men’s dou­bles fi­nal, but ut McCar­roll and fel­low Brit David d Phillip­son were even­tu­ally edged out ut 2-6, 6-3, 12-10 in the semi-fi­nals by Tomm Eg­berink of the Nether­lands and Evans ns Maripa of South Africa.

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