Photo: Steve WylieJordanne Whiley (GBR)
Jordanne Whiley made a highly impressive NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters debut when the Brit beat world No. 2 and top seed Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany as the opening women’s singles round-robin matches took place in Tuesday’s first night session at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in Mission Viejo, California.
Whiley arrived in Mission Viejo with one previous win over Ellerbrock this season, which also came in USA, in the semifinals of May’s Atlanta Open. The current world No. 7 won their Atlanta contest in three close sets and after Ellerbrock had much the better of the opening exchanges in Mission Viejo on Tuesday, world No. 7 Whiley dominated the second and third sets of their Pool 1 match for a 26 61 61 victory.
The other Pool 1 match also went to three sets and also involved a British player as world No. 8 Lucy Shuker took Dutch world No. 5 Marjolein Buis to a deciding set for the second match in succession.
Shuker beat Buis in the quarterfinals of last month’s Nottingham Indoor, the final ITF 1 Series tournament on the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, for her first win this season over a world top five ranked player. However, Buis held on in the final set this time for a 64 16 64 win.
Ellerbrock will play Shuker on Wednesday’s second day of round-robin matches, with Whiley coming up against Buis.
Griffioen begins title defence in style
Defending champion Jiske Griffioen secured one of two Dutch wins on the opening day of the women's singles, the world No. 3 clinching her first Pool 2 match against South Africa’s world No. 6 Kgothatso Montjane 61 61.
Meanwhile, Japan’s world No. 4 Yui Kamiji made a confident start to her first NEC Masters after beating world No. 9 Sharon Walraven of Netherlands 62 60.
Griffioen is the only one of the current world’s top three ranked players that Kamiji has neither played nor beaten so far this season, but the two will meet in Wednesday’s second set of round-robin matches.