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Ilkley surprise package Whittington puts smiles on Aussie faces
This year’s Wimbledon was full of statistics relating to the 1930s.
Andy Murray, the first British man to reach the men’s singles final since Bunny Austin in 1938, was hoping to become the first Briton to win it since Fred Perry in 1936.
And Agnieszka Radwanska was the first Polish woman to reach a Wimbledon singles final since Jadwiga Jedrzejowska in 1937.
Another statistic was that, for the first time since 1938, no Australian man reached the second round.
Tennis Down Under needs some cheering up after a drought following such legendary figures as Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Roy Emerson, Pat Cash and Past Rafter.
Maybe Melbourne’s Andrew Whittington is the answer.
The 18-year-old, who is world ranked 886, defeated third seed and fellow Australian Michael Look 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 today to reach the semi-finals of the $10,000 JM Glendinning Group International Tournament at Ilkley.
After bridging a ranking gap of 514 places, the unseeded teenager tomorrow meets top seed Josh Goodall, who is ranked 157 places higher than Look.
After having some trouble despatching Italian Lorenzo Frigerio yesterday, Goodall had it much easier today, dropping only six games in seeing off sixth seed Daniel Cox.
But there can be no all-British meeting of Davis Cup players in the final.
Eighth seed Ed Corrie made sure of that by defeating fourth seed Dan Evans 6-4, 6-4 in the bottom half of the draw.
The 24-year-old from Hertfordshire will meet second seed Albano Olivetti in the other semi-final.
The Frenchman is seeking a second straight title, having beaten Goodall in the final at Manchester last Saturday.
The finalists for Saturday's men’s doubles have already been decided.
Top seeds Ed Burton and Corrie defeated Kiwi Ben McLachlan and American Nicholas John Andrews 6-3, 6-4 in their semi-final.
They will play unseeded Aussies Whittington and Andrew Harris, who beat Evans and British Tour specialist Tom Burn 6-1, 6-3.