27 Aug 2006

British juniors net another double in Poland

News Article

Gordon Reid (GBR) and Jordanne Whiley (GBR) each secured their second junior titles of the month on Sunday at the Tomaszewski Cup in Poland.

Reid and Whiley, winners of the Boys Singles and Girls Singles respectively at the Internaional Junior Camp in the Netherlands at the start of August, repeated those successes on Sunday in the finals of the Polish event, now in its second year.

Top seed Reid, 14, reached the final with a 60 60 win over Bartosz Maciejewski (POL) on Saturday, while Poland's top junior and second seed, Jaroslaw Zyla, managed to prevent an all-British final when he beat Philip Cochrane 63 61 in the other semi-final.

Reid, for whom this was a third successive junior title of the summer following his win in the Junior Singles at the British Open, then overcame Zyla 63 63 in the final.

Three of Saturday's four semi-finalists in the Girls Singles were British, the only Polish semi-finalist being Judyta Olszewska, who reached the final of the inaugural Tomaszewski Cup Wheelchair Tennis Competition in 2005. Last year Olszewska was competing against the boys and defeated Zyla to reach the final. However, she was unable to reach the final of the Girls Singles this year after being beaten 62 62 by Whiley.

The other all-British semi-final produced a thrilling encounter between 15-year-old Louise Hunt and 17-year-old Eleanor Hind. Despite being two years older than her opponent, Hind only took up wheelchair tennis earlier this year. However, with some prior tennis experience under her belt she demonstrated that she is adapting to wheelchair tennis well as she took the more experienced Hunt to three close sets. However, ultimately Hunt held on for a 67 64 64 victory to set up a rematch of the Girls Singles final against Whiley at the Junior Camp in Utrecht. But 14-year-old Whiley repeated her win in Utrecht, recording a 62 61 triumph.

With play-offs taking place for the minior positions in both the Boys and Girls Singles, Cochrane claimed third in the Boys Singles after defeating Maciejewski 60 60. Meanwhile, Hind belied her relative inexperience to take the first set of her play-off against Olszewska 60. However, the Polish girl's experience eventually told as she prevailed 06 63 62.