HALESOWEN tennis star Jordanne Whiley is targeting a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games when the new season gets underway.

When Whiley won her last Wimbledon doubles title in 2017, she was 11 weeks pregnant and struggling with severe morning sickness. Now a mum to one-year-old Jackson, Jordanne has started out on her comeback to competitive tennis, having played in a domestic tournament at the end of 2018, coming away victorious.

She knows it will be a challenge to be back on the tour competing full time and balancing life as a mum, but the challenge will be just one of many she has faced; Whiley was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), commonly known as Brittle Bone disease, and spent much of her early life in and out of hospitals.

The 26-year-old has been playing tennis since she was just three and has an incredible list of achievements to her name, including the ten Grand Slam titles and bronze medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016.

The next target is to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 games.

She has also been boosted by the support of new sponsor IKO Group, a manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing and insulation products and systems.

She said: "The comeback is going better than expected and I’m excited and feeling confident about the next few months.

"With the support of IKO removing some of the financial pressure, I hope to be able to relax even more to play my best tennis and make my way back into the top 20 World rankings this year.”

Next up for Jordanne are two domestic indoor tournaments, Wrexham and Bolton in February before the international season begins with a trip to Switzerland in March.