Jordanne Whiley made the second Super Series final of her career on Friday as she beat world No.1 Jiske Griffioen to reach the final of the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships. World No.4 and defending British Open champion Whiley fought back from a set down to defeat Griffioen 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Whiley will now play World No.3 Aniek van Koot in a repeat of last year’s final after van Koot came past fellow Dutchwoman Diede de Groot 6-4, 6-1.
“I’m so chuffed to be into the final here in Nottingham. It was a tough match, playing Jiske is always tough and it was windy which made it difficult,” said Whiley. I’m so glad I was able to fight back after losing the first set and set up a repeat of last year’s final against Aniek, hopefully I can go out there and repeat the result.”
There was more British success as Wimbledon Champions Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett made the men’s doubles final and Andy Lapthorne and Jamie Burdekin reached the quad doubles final.
Reid and Hewett raced through the first set 6-0 against French pairing Michael Jeremiasz and Frederic Cattaneo. They faced a sterner test, however, in the second set but they battled through to clinch it in the tie-break 7-5 and set up a rematch of their Wimbledon final against Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.
“It’s great to be in the final again this year and to come through that tough second set,” said Hewett. “It’s nice to be back playing with Gordon after Wimbledon and to come into this tournament as Wimbledon champions is a nice feeling. Hopefully we can do the business and defend our title, which would set us up perfectly for Rio.”
Last year’s quad doubles runners-up Lapthorne and Burdekin teamed up again to make this year’s British Open quad final after defeating Lucas Sithole and Greg Hasterok 6-4, 6-2. They will face the American pairing of David Wagner and Bryan Barten in the final as they bid to better their runner-up placing from last year.
“We played some good tennis today and worked well as a pairing. We were disappointed last year not to win our home Super Series so we’ll be looking to get out there and get a good win ahead of Rio,” said Burdekin.
However it wasn’t such a good day for Lapthorne in the singles, as he saw his hopes of a third successive British Open quad singles final end with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat to Wagner. Wagner will play World No.1 Dylan Alcott in the quad final after he battled past defending champion Lucas Sithole.
Sunday’s women’s doubles final will be an all-Dutch contest after top seeds Griffioen and van Koot beat Charlotte Famin of France and Kgothatso Montjane of South Africa 7-6(4), 6-1. Second seeds Marjolein Buis and de Groot won their semi-final against Katharina Kruger and Michaela Spaanstra 6-2, 6-1.