Ace Whi­ley’s in sev­enth heaven

Sec­ond French dou­bles title adds to six-tro­phy haul

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

ICK­EN­HAM’S Jor­danne Whi­ley won her sec­ond Roland Gar­ros dou­bles title at the week­end with Ja­panese part­ner Yui Kamiji.

The pair are now seven-time Grand Slam dou­bles cham­pi­ons, hav­ing won two Aus­tralian Opens, two Roland Gar­ros ti­tles, two Wimbledon ti­tles and one US Open dou­bles crown.

Whi­ley and Kamij built on a 3-0 lead to take the open­ing set of the women’s dou­bles fi­nal, only to be taken to a de­cid­ing match tie-break in Paris by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons and Dutch top seeds Jiske Grif­fioen and Aniek van Koot for the third year in a row.

How­ever, from 5-3 down Whi­ley and Kamiji won seven of the next eight points in the match tie-break to wrap up vic­tory and re­gain the title they won for the first time in 2014.

“It’s been a very suc­cess­ful week in the end with an­other Grand Slam title and fin­ish­ing off with an ace,” said Whi­ley, the reign­ing US Open women’s sin­gles cham­pion, who also beat world No.1 Grif­fioen ear­lier this week to reach the sin­gles semi­fi­nals.

“I put my­self in with a re­ally good chance to be in the sin­gles fi­nal here and even though I didn’t make it, I feel pos­i­tive about how my game is go­ing and I’ll take more pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives out of this week.

“Me and Yui both had lit­tle wob­bles through­out the fi­nal to­day, but we lift each other up and I never have any doubts in her abil­ity, as she’s like a boomerang and al­ways comes back into it!

“I’m re­ally con­fi­dent for Wimbledon now and even though the grass can be tough, like clay, I can’t wait to play sin­gles and dou­bles there and do ev­ery­one proud.”

n SMILES ALL ROUND: Jor­danne Whi­ley (right) and Yiu Kamiji with their Roland Gar­ros ti­tles; (be­low) in ac­tion dur­ing the fi­nal

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