JORDANNE Whiley could help Great Britain's wheelchair tennis squad claim their best ever medals haul at the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.

The Halesowen star is part of Team GB currently taking part in the annual event which is being held in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, this year.

The World Team Cup is the flagship wheelchair tennis team event – the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Fed Cup and Davis Cup competitions. Teams from 23 nations qualified to compete in this year’s finals.

All four British teams – the men, women, quads and juniors – progressed to the semi-finals in their events this week without losing a tie in the round-robin stage, giving them all the chance to play for medals today and Saturday.

Great Britain is the only country to have teams compete in the semi-finals across all four events, further establishing its reputation as one of the leading nations in the world for disability tennis.

Players in the 14-strong British squad for the tournament are part of the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme and its Junior Futures Potential Programme.

Britain’s men’s team face Japan on Friday for a place in Saturday’s final, while the British junior team will be going for gold against Australia in their final on Friday.

Both the women’s and quads teams will take on South African opposition for bronze medals on Friday.

Great Britain has won eight previous World Team Cup titles since the event’s formation in 1985, but never before has it won two titles in the same year.

This year could also be the first time ever that all four British teams win medals – a feat only ever achieved before by the Netherlands and the USA, with Britain’s previous best total being the three won in 2012 when the quads claimed silver and the women and juniors took bronze.

Despite losing a hard-fought semi-final 2-1 against second seeds Japan on Thursday, the British women’s team, including Whiley, will take a lot away from the week after two brilliant group stage wins and the chance of another bronze medal.

Lucy Shuker and Whiley combined to produce a sensational 2-1 win over China, a team that had reached the final for the last three years in a row. That was followed by a 3-0 victory over France, including a win on her Great Britain debut for former Invictus Games medallist, Cornelia Oosthuizen, as she partnered Louise Hunt to earn a straight-sets doubles win.

Speaking after the semi-final defeat to Japan, Whiley said: “I think we can definitely take it tomorrow [against South Africa]. It's not going to be easy as KG [Montjane] is a big hitter. Today was a tough one. We just had the wrong tactics. They came at us with better tactics and it wasn't that we played terrible at all, it was more that they won it rather than we lost it.”

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