Back-to-back British crowns for Jor­danne

Straight sets vic­tory ‘tougher than score­line sug­gests’

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

Whi­ley, who is based in Ick­en­ham, raced into a 3-0 first set lead as she faced world No 3 van Koot in the British Open fi­nal for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive year.

De­spite van Koot com­ing back to get to within a game of the world No 4 ranked Brit, Whi­ley reeled off eight games in a row to wrap up the sec­ond Su­per Se­ries sin­gles ti­tle of her ca­reer 12 months af­ter land­ing her first in Not­ting­ham.

“It was tougher than the score­line sug­gests. Three and love sounds like a beating but it was tough to­day,” said Whi­ley.

“Aniek is a tough op­po­nent be­cause she has that big fore­hand and a solid back­hand. To­day I felt like I played re­ally well, I used the court well and didn’t get over ex­cited and start hit­ting big, I just placed the ball well and hit my spots.

“I came here to make a mark and say to ev­ery­one that I’m a com­peti­tor for gold in Rio and I think I’ve done that by beating ev­ery­one and win­ning the ti­tle.”

On a busy day of fi­nals at Not­ting­ham Ten­nis Cen­tre Dy­lan Al­cott claimed the quad ti­tle with a 6-2, 6-2 vic­tory over David Wag­ner. The world No 1 was too pow­er­ful for Wag­ner as he claimed his sec­ond British Open quad Sin­gles ti­tle.

In the day’s other fi­nal Wim­ble­don cham­pi­ons Gor­don Reid and Al­fie Hewett were un­able to re­peat their hero­ics from two weeks ago as they suc­cumbed to a 6-2, 6-1 loss to the French pair­ing of Stephane Houdet and Ni­co­las Peifer.

Mean­while, East­cote star Andy Lapthorne and his part­ner Jamie Bur­dekin fin­ished run­ners-up in the quad dou­bles to Amer­i­can sec­ond seeds Bryan Barten and David Wag­ner.

Lapthorne and Bur­dekin took the open­ing set, but then had to come from 4-1 down in the fi­nal set be­fore miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity to take a 5-4 lead. They saved two match points but even­tu­ally the Amer­i­cans won 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. JOR­DANNE Whi­ley made it back-to-back British Open Wheel­chair Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships women’s sin­gles ti­tles af­ter beating Dutch­woman Aniek van Koot 6-3, 6-0.

SEC­OND TI­TLE: Jor­danne Whi­ley Jor­dan Mans­field/Getty Im­ages

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