Whiley wins her first ITF singles title

Whiley wins her first ITF singles title

Whiley wins her first ITF singles title

First published in Sport

HALESOWEN’S Jordanne Whiley continues to go from strength-to-strength after sealing the first ITF 1 Series women’s singles title of her career.

It capped a superb tournament for British players who completed the Atlanta Open with three titles from four finals on Saturday.

Whiley moves up three places in this week’s wheelchair tennis world rankings to return to the world’s top 10 and equal her career best women’s singles ranking of nine, which she first achieved in April 2011.

In the first all-British women’s singles final at ITF 1 Series level on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, British number two Whiley won the last three games of the first set against Lucy Shuker, before the British number one fought back to level the contest.

However, fifth seed Whiley finished the stronger to seal a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory and leave second seed Shuker as the runner-up in Atlanta for the second successive year.

“I’m so happy to have won my first-ever singles ITF1 title, it was a tough match, but I’m really happy with how I pulled through,” said Whiley, who reached her first ITF 1 final by beating the highest ranked opponent of her career after a three set win over world number two Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany.

“I can see the improvements I’ve made so far in 2013 and I’m sure there’s more to come.”

A year on from winning their first ITF 1 Series doubles title together in Atlanta, top seeds Shuker and Whiley won their fourth ITF doubles crown earlier in the day after completing their second career win over Ellerbrock and Sharon Walraven of the Netherlands.

Seconds seeds Ellerbrock and Walraven came from a breakdown to clinch the second set.

But, having dominated the opening set, London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallists Shuker and Whiley held on in a match tie-break to wrap up a 6-1, 5-7, (10-7) victory for their second ITF 1 Series title this year.

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