Norfolk Reaches Final at Eton Manor International

Vergeer proceeds to women's singles final 04 May 2012
Peter Norfolk

Peter Norfolk (GBR) plays a forehand in his Quad Wheelchair doubles finals match with Andrew Lapthorne (GBR) at the 2012 Australian Open.

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Double Paralympic champion Peter Norfolk has reached the quad singles final at the Eton Manor International, the Wheelchair Tennis test event in the Olympic Park.

Top seed Norfolk got the better of world No.6 Jamie Burdekin 6-0 6-1 on Centre Court to book his place against Swede Anders Hard. Hard got the better of world No.4 Andy Lapthorne in their semi-final as it went to a deciding set but the world No.7 eventually prevailed 3-6 6-4 and 6-1.

British No.1 Jordanne Whiley made short work of her women’s singles semi-final against Kay Forshaw to win 6-1, 6-2 and be the first ever player to reach a singles final at the venue.

But compatriot Lucy Shuker couldn’t join her as she faced the nine-year unbeaten Esther Vergeer in their semi-final. British No. 2 Shuker started well but world No.1 Vergeer wasn’t to be undone and clinched her place in the final 6-2 6-0.

Whiley capped off a successful day by teaming up with Shuker to become the first champions crowned at Eton Manor with the women’s doubles title.

The pair defeated compatriot Forshaw and Val Fisher 6-1 6-1 in the final.

Meanwhile, the men’s semi-finalists were decided as British players took three of the four spots available.

British No.1 Gordon Reid defeated Alex Jewitt 6-0 6-1 while British No.2 Marc McCarroll also had few problems as he won 6-2 6-1 against Dutchman Rody de Bie.

Reid will face David Phillipson in the semis after he claimed a 6-1 6-2 victory over Kevin Simpson while Dutch top seed Robin Ammerlaan will be McCarroll’s challenger as the world no.7 won 6-1 6-1 against Jamie Robinson.

Reid and McCarroll continued their recent impressive run of form to clinch a place in the men’s doubles final as they defeated Phillipson and Jewitt 6-3 6-3. The British pair will face Simpson and Ammerlaan in tomorrow's final following their 7-6 6-3 win over Alfie Hewett and de Bie.

The quad doubles final will also be decided tomorrow as Swedish pair Hard and Marcus Jonsson overcame Liam O'Reilly and Becky Coleman 6-0 6-0 to set up a tie with top seeds Norfolk and Lapthorne after the Australian Open champions received a bye.

The Tennis Foundation manages the British wheelchair tennis performance programme and is promoting tennis as an inclusive sport across all disabilities.