Wimbledon 2016: Gordon Reid reaches wheelchair finals as Jordanne Whiley reaches doubles final

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Gordon Reid started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005
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Gordon Reid has reached the final of the inaugural men's wheelchair singles event at Wimbledon.

Reid, who is also in the doubles final, beat Joachim Gerard 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 and faces Stefan Olsson in Sunday's final.

It is a third Grand Slam singles decider of the year for Reid, 24, who won the Australian Open in January but lost at Roland Garros last month.

Briton Jordanne Whiley lost 7-5 6-3 to Aniek van Koot but will face her in the women's wheelchair doubles final.

Reid battles through

Despite beating Gerard to win the Australian Open, Glasgow's Reid had to work hard to win his singles match, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

The left-hander led 3-1 in the first set, but was broken three times, allowing Gerard to serve for the set at 5-4 and 6-5.

However, Reid managed to break back both times to set up a tie-break and, after saving three set points, eventually took his third opportunity to win it.

Gerard began to make more errors in the second set and Reid broke twice more and establish a 5-2 lead.

The Belgian, 27, recovered to close to gap to 5-4, but Reid, backed by home support on Court 17, saved a break point when serving for the match a second time and converted his first match point when Gerard mis-hit a backhand.

Scot eyes Wimbledon history

Wheelchair tennis has been played at Wimbledon since 2001 but this year is the first time men's and women's singles have featured.

Reid said it felt "really special" to make Sunday's final and face Olsson, who beat top seed Stephane Houdet 3-6 6-3 6-3.

Gordon Reid tweeted his delight at reaching the men's wheelchair singles final

"It was a long match and the first set was really tight," he told BBC Scotland.

"I didn't feel any pressure as I had a lot of people backing me, with my own squad and members of the public. I tried to enjoy it and make the most of the moment.

"We have been waiting a while to play here and to get the chance to be the first winner, and the first British winner, is amazing. I have got to play my best tennis to win it."

Reid also reached Saturday's final of the men's wheelchair doubles after he and partner Alfie Hewett defeated Gerard and Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina 6-3 6-2 in their last-four tie on Friday.

The British pair will take on French number one seeds Houdet and Nicolas Peifer.

Whiley falls short

Whiley, the 2015 US Open champion, faced Van Koot on Court 17 immediately after Reid's victory, but could not emulate the Scot's success.

The Ickenham-based right-hander led 5-3 in the first set but her Dutch opponent rallied to win four successive games, while saving a set point, to take the set.

Van Koot then broke Whiley twice at the start of the second set to race into a 3-0 lead and began to exert control over the match, sealing victory when the Briton sent a backhand into the net.

Whiley said she was "absolutely gutted" by the loss.

Van Koot faces fellow Dutchwoman and doubles partner Jiske Griffioen in Saturday's final.

Whiley, who won the women's wheelchair doubles with Japanese partner Yui Kamiji at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015, has a chance of a hat-trick with Kamiji this year after they beat Marjolein Buis and Louise Hunt 6-1 6-3 to reach Sunday's final.

Whiley and Kamiji face Van Koot and Griffioen, who overcame Sabine Ellerbrock and Lucy Shuker 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

Jordanne Whiley tweets after her singles loss
Jordanne Whiley tweeted after her women's wheelchair singles semi-final loss

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