Lapthorne has time of his life

Harefield Gazette - - MOTORS -

EASTCOTE’S Andy Lapthorne de­scribed Mon­day night as the best of his life af­ter reach­ing the Par­a­lympics quad sin­gles fi­nal in Rio.

Lapthorne will face Aus­tralia’s Dy­lan Al­cott in the fi­nal tonight (Wed­nes­day) af­ter de­feat­ing old ri­val David Wag­ner in the semi-fi­nal.

It will also be a chance for Lapthorne to avenge his quad dou­bles semi-fi­nal de­feat, with Jamie Bur­dekin, to Al­cott and Heath David­son. Their bronze medal match, against Is­rael’s Itai Eren­lib and Shraga Wein­berg, was due to take place yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Lapthorne said: “That was the best night of my life bar none. I will for­ever love Rio for this night. To lie there on Cen­tre Court and take it all in that I’ve guar­an­teed my­self a medal is in­cred­i­ble.

“I’ve been strug­gling with my back­hand for ages and I won the match with a back­hand slice down the line! It feels like my destiny.

“The crowd re­ally em­braced my pas­sion and I needed them af­ter los­ing that sec­ond set. I kept think­ing about what would hap­pen if I’d win and I let it dis­tract me, but the crowd roared me back into the match and it’s the best per­for­mance of my ca­reer, even though I can’t re­mem­ber most of it. I still want that gold, and I’ve had some amaz­ing matches with Dy­lan, so I know we’ll be able to show­case our sport and I hope ev­ery­one gets be­hind me at home and here in Rio.”

Ick­en­ham’s Jor­danne Whi­ley, mean­while, got a dose of dou­ble Dutch. She bowed out to Diede de Groot in the women’s sin­gles quar­ter-fi­nals, hav­ing also, with Lucy Shuker, lost in the dou­bles semi-fi­nal to Jiske Grif­fioen and Aniek van Koot. Their bronze medal match was due to be played yes­ter­day.

Whi­ley said: “I’ve got a wrist in­jury that has flared up and it’s caus­ing me a huge amount of pain. I’m so gut­ted that I couldn’t give it my all out there, and Diede played re­ally well. I just couldn’t hit my shots prop­erly, but I wanted to carry on be­cause I’ve worked four years for this mo­ment, and I re­ally wanted this one.

“I’m go­ing to ice it now be­cause noth­ing will stop me com­ing out and giv­ing it ev­ery­thing in the dou­bles with Lucy. It makes me even more de­ter­mined to try and win a medal.”

n ‘BEST NIGHT’: Andy Lapthorne

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