11:20am Thursday 6th February 2014
HALESOWEN tennis ace Jordanne Whiley is already targeting more success after becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam wheelchair tennis title.
Whiley is still coming back down to earth after winning the women’s doubles crown at the Australian Open with Japanese partner Yui Kamiji.
The pair pulled out all the stops to defeat Dutch second seeds Marjolein Buis and Jiske Griffioen in the final at Melbourne Park 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2.
Whiley, who is 21, also advanced to women’s singles semi-finals in Australia. As a result the Halesowen player rose to No.3 in the world rankings at singles while reaching No.6 in the doubles.
Whiley and Kamiji had started 2014 in promising style by finishing as runners-up in the first Super Series tournament of the year in Sydney.
They then made a confident start to their second Grand Slam as a partnership by defeating Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock and South African partner Kgothatso Montjane, who were runners-up at Wimbledon, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the semi-finals.
In the final, Whiley and Kamiji dropped just four points in the opening three games as they raced into a 5-0 lead en route to taking the opening set.
But Buis and Griffioen battled back to take the second set on a tie-break, before Whiley and Kamiji broke their opponents in the first game of the deciding set as they built a 3-1 lead.
They kept the pressure on the Dutch pair as they secured another break to love, extending their advantage to 4-1 before serving out the match.
A delighted Whiley confirmed: “It was a very close match and I was extremely nervous, so I was very relieved and so very, very happy to have finally won the Grand Slam.”
Whiley, the British No.1 added: “At the end of the second set I said to Yui that we needed to keep hitting the ball, otherwise we would lose.
“We are now planning to play all the Grand Slams together this year and we want to win them all.”
Whiley had earlier beaten Dutch world No.9 Sharon Walraven 6-3,6-3 in the singles in Australia before losing to top seed Sabine Ellerbrock 6-1, 6-1.
Busy Whiley will be back in action when she competes in the North West Challenge at Preston and Bolton.
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