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JORDANNE WHILEY hailed her lat­est Grand Slam tri­umph “more spe­cial” than any of her pre­vi­ous Wim­ble­don ti­tles.

The 25-year old from Ickenham won a record-equalling tenth Slam – her fourth at Wim­ble­don – in an as­ton­ish­ing fi­nal on Sun­day, part­ner­ing Yui Kamiji of Ja­pan to a 2-6 6-3 6-0 victory in the ladies’ wheel­chair dou­bles over Dutch pair Mar­jolein Buis and Diede de Groot.

“I re­ally didn’t ex­pect us to get through to the fi­nal be­cause I’ve been out for quite a while this year, so to ac­tu­ally win it is a dream,” said Whiley. “It makes it more spe­cial than the other three.

“I was only think­ing about win­ning a fourth Wim­ble­don ti­tle. It has only just dawned on me I’ve won 10 Grand Slams and equalled Pete Nor­folk’s record. I’m re­ally happy to make it into dou­ble fig­ures.”

Whiley’s feat is all the more re­mark­able be­cause of the wrist in­jury that has dogged her this year. It was not un­til June that she re­turned from an eight-month lay-off to play in the French Open at Roland Gar­ros. She had not joined forces with Kamiji – for so long her reg­u­lar dou­bles part­ner – for al­most a year.

“It’s been tough,” said Whiley, who lost to de Groot on Thurs­day in the ladies’ wheel­chair sin­gles. “I haven’t been able to go in the gym be­cause of the in­jury and it’s been very lim­it­ing. You come into a ma­jor like this and need to be well-prac­tised and well-drilled be­cause you’re play­ing against other play­ers who are. I can’t ex­pect to go out and win when I’m not ready.

“I didn’t ex­pect to win the [sin­gles] match. I had a goal to go out and en­joy it, and try my best. And that’s what I did. I’d say it’s about 80% healed, which isn’t great.

“Nor­mally I have long-term goals but I came into Wim­ble­don not re­ally hav­ing any be­cause of the in­jury.

“I have no sched­ule, put it that way. So to win in the dou­bles, well, it’s just amaz­ing. When you’ve been out as long as I have it gives you real con­fi­dence [to win].

“My health is more im­por­tant than my ten­nis so it’s still a case of go­ing back home and speak­ing to my team to see how it feels. That’s when I’ll have more of an idea about what the fu­ture holds.”

Sun­day’s victory in the fi­nal was the 50th wheel­chair dou­bles ti­tle of Whiley’s ca­reer.

Adam Davy/PA Wire

Jordanne Whiley, left, and Yui Kamiji cel­e­brate an his­toric victory

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