END TO WINNING STREAK
Pair lose after four Grand Slam final wins in a row
EASTCOTE wheelchair tennis ace Jordanne Whiley was gutted to see her incredible winning run come to an end in Paris.
Whiley and her doubles partner Yui Kamiji had secured five Grand Slam women’s doubles titles in the run up to the Championships at Roland Garros.
They reached another final in France but this time had to settle for runners-up trophies as Dutch seconds seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot upset the odds.
Whiley and Kamiji came from 2-0 down in the opening set of the women’s doubles final to lead 4-3 after earning successive service breaks, but were unable to control the first set tie-break.
However, they raced into a 3-0 second set lead and maintained their advantage to take the final to a deciding match tie-break for the second successive year.
The defending champions made another good start, earning a 5-2 lead, but after missing out to Whiley and Kamiji in the last four Grand Slam finals, Griffioen and van Koot recovered to win with a scoreline that was almost an exact mirror image to that in Paris in 2014.
“We really didn’t want our winning run to end today and we are truly gutted,” said Whiley.
“We shouldn’t have lost the way we did in the second set. My serve let me down today, especially at key moments, but neither of us played as well as we could have.
“The heat was also a factor today, but we’ll be back to defend our title at Wimbledon and I’m really looking forward to playing at my favourite tournament again.”
There was some better news in Paris though as Whiley’s Team GB pal Gordon Reid clinched the first Grand Slam title of his career after partnering Japan’s Shingo Kunieda to a straight sets victory in the men’s doubles final at the Roland Garros wheelchair tennis event, in Paris.
“I’m delighted to win my first Grand Slam title, it’s amazing,” said Reid, who was contesting his fifth Grand Slam doubles final and his second since 2013 in Paris.
”I’ve really enjoyed playing with Shingo here. It was a very good match today. The tie-break was tough, but I relaxed into it and hit some really good winners.”
n RUNNERS-UP: Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji after losing the French Open final