Whi­ley’s Clas­sic win the per­fect come­back

Ten­nis star re­turns from in­jury with vic­tory

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - by Ryan O’Dono­van tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ICK­EN­HAM’S Jor­danne Whi­ley de­feated world num­ber three Aniek van Koot 7-6(7) 6-1 to win the women’s sin­gle fi­nal at the Ca­jun Clas­sic, in Ba­ton Rouge.

This is Whi­ley’s fourth ITF 1 Se­ries sin­gles ti­tle of her ca­reer and her se­cond sin­gles ti­tle of 2016.

It was also the fourth time in her ca­reer that she claimed vic­tory over the Dutch top seed and for­mer world num­ber one.

The Bri­tish num­ber one ended the Louisiana event with four straight sets wins, with three of them com­ing against fel­low world top 10 play­ers.

Speak­ing af­ter claim­ing the ti­tle, Whi­ley said, “I’m re­ally happy with my per­for­mance this week, es­pe­cially as I’m com­ing back from in­jury.

“I’ve been work­ing on some new stuff at home and this just shows it’s pay­ing off! I can’t wait now for South Africa in two weeks’ time.”

Mean­while, Andy Lapthorne fin­ished as run­ner-up in the quad sin­gles for the se­cond suc­ces­sive year in a row.

Lapthorne took world num­ber two and top seed David Wag­ner to a de­cid­ing set for the se­cond time this sea­son, but even­tu­ally lost the tie 6-2 2-6 6-4.

The East­cote man also reached the semi-fi­nals of the dou­bles event, but he and part­ner Jamie Bur­dekin lost out to fel­low Brit Antony Cot­ter­ill and Is­rael’s Itay Eren­lib.

Both Whi­ley and Lapthorne will now pre­pare for the next Su­per Se­ries event on the UNIQLO Wheel­chair Ten­nis Tour, the South African Open, which takes place in early April.

CHAMP: Jor­danne Whi­ley with her

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