Whiley’s Classic win the perfect comeback
Tennis star returns from injury with victory
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