11 April 2019
Whiley's primed for a Daegu double
Jordanne Whiley’s eye-catching return to the court continued apace as she put herself on course for back-to-back international doubles.
Earlier this month, the 26-year-old won both the women’s singles and women’s doubles titles at the Busan Open – and the 10-time Grand Slam winner is close to repeating the trick at the Daegu Open, also in South Korea.
Whiley, who took time out from the game in 2018 to have her first child, dominated the women’s singles in Daegu, defeating Japan’s Momoko Ohtani – the same opponent she faced in the final match in Busan – 6-2 6-3 in the final.
And she is also into Saturday’s final in the women’s doubles alongside fellow Brit Lucy Shuker, the pair having defeated Ohtani and Germany’s Katharina Kruger 6-4 6-2 in the semis.
In the singles, Whiley opened up with a 6-1 6-0 victory over home competitor Myung-Hee Hwang before she was taken to a third set by Dutch star Marjolein Buis, eventually triumphing 2-6 6-2 6-4.
A 6-0 6-0 success over Manami Tanaka followed in the semi-finals before Whiley, who clinched her fourth Wimbledon doubles title in 2017, went on to get the better of Tanaka’s compatriot Ohtani.
“Singles champion!!!! I won the final 6-2 6-3…on to the doubles final tomorrow!,” wrote Whiley on Instagram.
Whiley has now won four of her last five women’s singles tournaments, coming top of the pile in Daegu and Busan, as well as at the Biel-Bienne Indoor in Switzerland and the Wrexham Indoor Wheelchair Tournament.
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