Uxbridge’s wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley won her first singles title of 2015 as she claimed the ITF 2 USN Arena Bolton Indoor singles title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-1 win over fellow Briton Louise Hunt.
World No.5 Whiley, who in January won her fifth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title at the Australian Open with Japanese partner Yui Kamiji, came through a tough battle against British No.2 Lucy Shuker in the semi-finals on Friday, but was always in control during Saturday’s final against Hunt to take the title in two sets.
There was further success for Whiley as she also added the women’s doubles title to her singles crown. Partnering her 2012 Paralympic bronze medal winning partner Lucy Shuker, they defeated Louise Hunt and German Katharina Kruger 6-2, 6-2 to successfully defend their title from 2014.
Whiley, one of 17 players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, made history in 2014 when she became the first British tennis player ever to win a calendar grand slam when she won all four women’s doubles majors with her partner Yui Kamiji.
“It was really good to win my first singles title of the year,” said Whiley. “I am pleased that so many girls took part in the tournament which is really encouraging for the continued growth of wheelchair tennis.
“I would like to thank the organisers and all the volunteers who helped make the tournament such a success and I look forward to returning to Bolton next year to defend both titles.
“I’d also like thank my team at Tennis Foundation, Living Tennis, 17 Management and my sponsors UK Sport thorough the National Lottery, RGK Wheelchairs, Babolat, Adidas, First Avenue Estates and KT Tape UK.”
Over 60 players from 13 countries lined up at the event which was supported by the Tennis Foundation and TBS Sports. The ITF 2 Series USN Bolton Arena Indoor, one of nine world ranking events in Britain last season and again this year, was voted Tournament of the Year in the British Wheelchair Tennis Awards for 2014 after a highly impressive inaugural event in 2014.