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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 May 2007, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
Teenage duo claim national crowns
Gordon Reid
Reid is targetting a place at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing
Rising stars Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley became Britain's youngest-ever national wheelchair tennis champions with victory in the singles finals.

Reid, 15, defeated former finalist Kevin Plowman 6-4 6-3 in Gloucester having lost his two previous matches against the experienced Yorkshireman.

The talented Whiley, 14, had a hard fought 1-6 6-4 7-5 win over fellow first-time finalist Susan Paisley.

Liverpool's Jamie Burdekin took the quad singles crown.

The 2004 champion defeated his training partner Antony Cotterill 6-2 4-6 6-3.

Reid, who only took up the sport in February 2005, began strongly against Plowman and took an early 4-1 lead before going on to take the set.

I'm just shocked to think that I'm national champion

Jordanne Whiley

The teenager found another gear early in the second set to win four games in a row and open up a 5-2 advantage which helped him clinch the win.

"I am delighted to have played some good tennis this week," said Reid afterwards.

"To be the youngest winner ever and to be Scotland's first main-draw national champion ever is a great feeling."

Whiley struggled to find her form in the opening set against Paisley but fought back to open up a 5-2 lead in the second and level the match by converting the second of two set points.

Paisley went 3-1 up in the third set but Whiley recovered and then broke again to lead 6-5 and serve our for victory

BBC Sport's Tony Garrett

"The first set was just awful," she said, "but I am pleased I was able to put that out of my mind and go into the second set believing it was a whole new match.

"The final set was nerve-wracking, but again I was able to keep myself together and now I'm just shocked to think that I'm national champion."

Reid and Whiley then completed their second victories of the day with success in their respective doubles finals with partners David Phillipson and Louise Hunt.

Reid and Phillipson defeated Alex Jewitt and Kevin Simpson 6-3 6-1 while Whiley and Hunt got the better of Paisley and Debbie Thomas 7-5 6-7 6-1

After their quad singles final, Burdekin and Cotterill teamed up to win the quad doubles final, defeating Adam Field and Nick Webborn 6-0 6-4.

Gordon Reid and Jordanne Whiley gained further success at the National Wheelchair Tennis Association Awards for 2006, which were presented in Gloucester.

Reid took the Junior award with Whiley winning Most Improved Female and Players' Player of the Year.

Award winners:
Junior of the Year: Gordon Reid
Best Newcomer: Marc McCarroll
Most Improved Female: Jordanne Whiley
Most Improved Male: David Phillipson
Female Player: Lucy Shuker
Male Player: Peter Norfolk
Players' Player of the Year: Jordanne Whiley

Title success for Reid and Whiley
05 Mar 07 |  Disability Sport


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