Jordanne Whiley sealed her third women’s singles title of 2016 and her second at ITF 1 Series level this season when defeating Dutch world No.7 Diede de Groot 6-4, 6-2 on the last day of play in Ile de Re.
World No.3 Whiley clinched the all-important service hold late in the opening set and then came from 2-1 down in the second set to wrap up victory as another successful tournament for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme drew to a close.
Second seed Whiley completed the tournament having beaten three fellow world top ten ranked players. She also finished runner-up in the women’s doubles final with fellow Brit Lucy Shuker, when de Groot was also on the opposite side of the net. Whiley and Shuker will now pair up at the BNP Paribas Open de France, the next Super Series event for the Brits, next week in Paris.
“It’s been a great week and I’ve played some really great tennis,” said Whiley. “Today was very windy and I didn’t play my best tennis because I had to adapt to the conditions, but I found a way and I’m pleased with that. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the Super Series next week and I’ll now go from here straight to Paris.”
Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley lived up to their seeding in Ile de Re as they finished runners-up in the women’s doubles.
The Brit second seeds battled back from a set down before taking a commanding 7-1 lead in the deciding match tie-break. Shuker and Whiley also led 9-4, but ultimately top seeds Diede de Groot and Yui Kamiji came out on top 6-4, 5-7, (11-9). Whiley now faces de Groot in the women’s singles final.
Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker will contest two finals between them at the latest tournament for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme, on Ile de Re, France.
Whiley is into the women’s singles final and also through to the women’s doubles final partnering Shuker.
World No. 8 Shuker began the Brit success on Ile de Re, beating Russia’s Viktoriia Lvova 6-1, 7-5 to set up a quarter-final meeting with second seed Whiley after the British No.1 was awarded a first round bye. Whiley went on to win a hard-fought all-Brit last eight contest 6-3, 6-4.
World No.3 Whiley subsequently defeated Germany’s world No.6 Sabine Ellerbrock 6-3, 6-2 to turn the tables on Ellerbrock, who won a close singles semi-final between the two players at Roland Garros.
Whiley will now play Dutch fourth seed Diede de Groot in the women’s singles final.
London 2012 bronze medallists Shuker and Whiley are due to face top seeds de Groot and Yui Kamiji in the women’s doubles final. The Brit second seeds raced to a dominant 6-0, 6-1 win over French duo Charlotte Famin and Emmanuelle Morch in the last four.