Whiley set for Wimbledon

9:50am Thursday 19th June 2014

HALESOWEN tennis star Jordanne Whiley is dreaming of victory at the Wimbledon Championships.

Whiley could prove the key to a home victory in the tournament when she competes in the women's wheelchair doubles.

The Australian Open and Roland Garros champion is among three Brits set to contest the wheelchair doubles at the event which runs fromJune 23 to July 6.

British number one Whiley, who also sits in the world number two doubles spot, will look to go one better this year after being runner up with her partner, Japan's Yui Kamiji, in 2013.

Whiley and Kamiji missed out to Dutch top seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot, the same pairing that beat the partnership of Whiley and fellow Brit Lucy Shuker in the 2012 final.

However, Whiley and Kamiji have enjoyed a tremendous run of success since last July, ending 2013 by winning the Doubles Masters before claiming their first Grand Slam titles in Melbourne and Paris this year.

They defeated Griffioen and van Koot in the final at Roland Garros, with Whiley subsequently earning a career best women’s doubles world ranking of number two behind Kamiji, who has moved to the top of the women’s singles and doubles rankings.

Whiley said: "To have won my first two Grand Slam titles with Yui this year is incredible and we’re very excited to be the top two doubles players in the world right now, so we can’t wait to play at Wimbledon.

"I’ve been in two Wimbledon finals so far and, of course, everyone dreams of a victory at their home Grand Slam, so we’ll give it our best shot and hopefully we can continue this winning partnership.”

Whiley will also compete against Shuker in the event after she was also given direct entry with her doubles partner.

Gordon Reid will contest the men’s doubles after he and his Dutch partner Tom Egberink were awarded a wild card.

A total of £50,000 in prize money is on offer for the wheelchair tennis doubles competition and the event will be played from July 4 to 6.


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