ICKENHAM stars Jordanne Whiley and Marc MCarroll claimed three titles between them over the weekend
The talented duo dominated the men’s and women’s singles events at the PTR Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
McCarroll will aim for more success in North America this week when he contests the Tennis Canada International in Montreal.
Second seed Whiley claimed her first women’s singles title in Hilton Head after the British No. 2 and Hampshire’s Lucy Shuker set up an all-British final.
After finishing runner-up to Shuker in Hilton Head in 2009, world No. 8 Whiley made much the better start on this occasion and held on to beat top seed and world No. 7 Shuker 6-2, 7-5.
Shuker and Whiley claimed their third women’s doubles title together in Hilton Head, having previously teamed up to win the title in 2009 and 2010. After dropping just three games to reach Saturday’s final, Shuker and Whiley made a fine start against American duo Shelby Baron and Emmy Kaiser to dominate the final set for a 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
“I’m so happy. I played a great first set today and managed to hold on and it’s my fourth title here at the tournament after the three doubles titles with Lucy,” said Whiley.” This tournament has proved so successful for the Brits in recent year s and I’m really happy to have been a part of it all. It’s the second time I’ve won both singles and doubles titles in a tournament in the USA since May and it’s my third win over Lucy in four matches this season, so it’s a great end to this latest tour.”
While Whiley now returns home to training at the Virgin Active Northwood Riverside Club, British men’s No. 2 McCarroll moves on to another ITF 2 Series event in Canada after partnering British No. 1 Gordon Reid to a third men’s doubles title together in South Carolina after previous wins in 2010 and 2011.
Top seeds McCarroll and Reid defeated the second seeds, Takuya Miki of Japan and Australia’s Ben Weekes 6-2, 6-4, to lift the title, completing the even with three straight sets wins.
After dropping just two games in each of his first two men’s singles matches McCarroll upset second seed Miki 6-4, 7-6(4) to reach a second final, this time with his doubles partner on the other side of the net. However, top seed Reid went on to clinch a hard won 7-5, 6-3 victory for his fifth successive singles title in Hilton Head.
“It probably wasn't my best performance today and I lost to the more consistent player, but overall my standard is high against the top guys and it’s been a good week, so hopefully I can keep it going now for the tournament in Canada,” said McCarroll.