23 July 2019
Whiley making a splash on British Open return
Jordanne Whiley’s return to the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships got off to a domineering start as she whitewashed Yumiko Inoue to charge into the quarter-finals.
A two-time champion, Whiley is in Nottingham to compete in her first British Open since 2016, having had her first child in January 2018, and having been handed a bye in the opening round of the women’s singles, she hammered Japan’s Inoue 6-0 6-0 in the second.
Whiley, 27, faces an almighty task in the quarter-finals at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, however, with World number one Diede de Groot, of the Netherlands, lying in wait.
Elsewhere, Lucy Shuker and Debbie Brazier bowed out of the women’s singles, the former losing 6-3 6-3 to the United States’ Dana Mathewson while the latter was beaten in straight sets by Japan’s Yui Jamiji.
In the men’s singles, Gordon Reid eased into the quarter-finals but Alfie Hewett’s campaign came to an end.
Reid humbled Kouhei Suzuki of Japan 6-0 6-1 but, after winning the first set in his second-round clash with the Netherlands’ Tom Egberink, Hewett was eventually bested 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Dermot Bailey also went out in the second round, falling 6-3 6-0 to Japanese player Shingo Kunieda.
Meanwhile, in the men’s quad singles, number one seed Andy Lapthorne has so far lived up to his billing.
The 28-year-old is into the quarter-finals after defeating Mitsuteru Moroishi 6-2 6-4 and is set to take on Brazil’s Ymanitu Silva next.
James Shaw won’t be joining him, however, after he lost 6-3 6-0 to Australia’s Heath Davidson.
In the men’s doubles, Hewett and Reid are into the semi-finals after downing Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin de la Puente in three sets.
Whiley is also into the semi-finals of the women’s doubles, after teaming up with Yui Jamiji to down Sabine Ellerbrock and Katharina Kruger.
Lucy Shuker and Momoko Ohtoni are also into the final four in the women’s doubles after beating Angelica Bernal and Umiko Inoue.
In the quads doubles, Lapthorne and Andy Cotterill lost out to Lucas Sithole and Niels Vink while Scott Smith and Marcus Laudan were also knocked out by Kyu-Seung Kim and Koji Sugeno.
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