Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker celebrated double title success after sweeping the board in the women’s singles and doubles at the ITF 2 Busan Open over the weekend. The pair won the doubles title before Whiley clinched the singles title in the first of three Korean elite tournaments this month.
The duo opened their account with a 6-0, 6-0 win, before claiming a thrilling 7-5, 6-7(3), (10-7) win over top seeds Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ohtani in the semi-final following a nail-biting deciding match tie-break. The pair quickly regrouped and wrapped up the title with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 win over Japanese third seeds Kanako Domori and Saki Takamuro.
Whiley’s incredible comeback to international wheelchair tennis after childbirth gained yet more momentum as the former world No.3 made it three titles in four tournaments this season with a series of four commanding straight sets wins.
Commenting on her victory, Whiley said: “I’ve played some really good tennis all week, but today in the final it was a little tricky as it was really windy. I am, however, happy that I found a way to stick in there and I’m very pleased with how the comeback has started.”
After claiming her first title of 2019, Shuker said: “It’s been really good to get back on court with Jordy and even better to win the first title together of 2019. I feel we have both made changes to our games (since Whiley’s time out to start a family) and complement each other as a doubles team even better now, so I am excited to see how we develop.”
Shuker and Whiley now contest the Daegu Open, starting Tuesday 9 April. For updates throughout the week, follow @PathtoSuccess1 and @WChairTennisGB.
Whiley and Shuker are both supported by leading British disability charity Path to Success, as part of their Path to Tokyo campaign. For this campaign, the charity has pledged over £130k to cover coaching, training, travel costs, equipment and specialised sports wheelchairs for the sponsored athletes in the build up to the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. Both Jordanne and Lucy are also part of the LTA’s GB Wheelchair Tennis World Class Performance Programme.Get your copy of PosAbility Magazine