Pair lose af­ter four Grand Slam fi­nal wins in a row

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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