Whiley wins doubles title

Jordanne Whiley (right) celebrates in South Africa.

Jordanne Whiley (right) celebrates in South Africa.

First published in Sport

HALESOWEN wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley heads out of South Africa this week on the crest of a wave.

Whiley and Lucy Shuker won the women’s doubles at last weekend’s Gauteng Open near Johannesburg and the Halesowen star then beat her British partner in the singles event, to record her latest win over a world top five ranked player.

The results moved the paralympic bronze medallist up to 12th in the world rankings.

Whiley and Shuker lost just two games on their way to the final and then secured a 6-1 6-4 triumph over second seeds Katharina Kruger of Germany and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane.

In the singles event, fifth seed Whiley upset third seed and world number five Shuker 7-5 6-0 in the quarter-finals to claim one of her best ever career wins.

But she was unable to find a path past Montjane in the semi-finals, who prevailed 6-2 6-3 before also going on to win Sunday’s final.

Whiley said: “I’m very happy with my singles win over Lucy. I played really well, which you have to do when you’re up against a top five player, so I’m a bit disappointed that I couldn’t repeat that kind of performance in the semi-final.”

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