Tennis stars take an indoor double
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.