Wheel­chair ten­nis gi­ant Whi­ley sets her sights on fourth straight SW19 vic­tory

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Sport -

JORDANNE WHI­LEY will be out to add to her long list of Grand Slam ti­tles as the wheel­chair ten­nis events get un­der way at Wim­ble­don to­mor­row, writes Spencer Vignes.

The 25-year-old from Ick­en­ham joins forces again with Yui Kamiji of Ja­pan as she goes in search of a fourth con­sec­u­tive Wim­ble­don ladies’ wheel­chair dou­bles ti­tle.

In 2016 the pair won a hat-trick of Grand Slams, hav­ing won all four cov­eted cal­en­dar Slam dou­bles honours in 2014, mak­ing Whi­ley the only Bri­tish ten­nis player to achieve such a feat.

How­ever her progress this year has been dogged by a wrist in­jury that side­lined her un­til June when she ap­peared in the French Open at Roland Gar­ros.

“I didn’t know if I would be able to play Roland Gar­ros, so I didn’t want to com­mit to Yui and have to let her down,” said Whi­ley. “But this is my favourite Grand Slam so ob­vi­ously I want to do well. Who­ever I play I know it’s go­ing to be a tough match. I’ve got some su­per mem­o­ries from Wim­ble­don, es­pe­cially in the dou­bles, and am look­ing for­ward to try­ing to make it a fourth dou­bles ti­tle with Yui.”

Whi­ley is not the only lo­cal com­pet­ing at SW19. Eliz Maloney – who lives in Rick­mansworth, trains in North­wood and at­tends Hare­field Acad­emy – is play­ing in the girls’ sin­gles and dou­bles. The 16-year-old en­joyed a first round sin­gles win against Maria Jose Por­tillo Ramirez of Mex­ico 6-2 2-6 6-4. “This is the first time I’ve played here in sin­gles,” said Maloney. “I only heard I’d been given a wild­card into the sin­gles two days be­fore the draw.

“The nerves didn’t re­ally be­gin un­til I walked out but I man­aged to hold my serve in the first game which made me set­tle down.”

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