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Nightmare for Whiley as she crashes out at first hurdle
12:18pm Sunday 2nd September 2012 in Sport
HALESOWEN wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley suffered a Paralympic nightmare as she crashed out in round one.
The 20-year-old was stunned 6-3 6-4 by Thailand’s Sakhorn Khanthasit in the singles event at Eton Manor yesterday.
British number two Whiley had taken a 3-0 lead in the first set but lost the next six games to fall a set behind and never recovered.
Speaking afterwards, the 20-year-old admitted the occasion had gotten to her.
Whiley said: “I did not want to crumble under the nerves and the pressure, but I did.
“I’m just really disappointed in myself. I was confident all the way through the match and never doubted myself.
“The crowds were fantastic, they were behind me. I was just shaking. I couldn’t control my shots.”
Despite the disappointment Whiley’s Games are far from over as she and partner Lucy Shuker begin their campaign in the women’s doubles tomorrow.