Ickenham star Jordanne Whiley made history this week by becoming the first British woman to lift a wheelchair tennis trophy at Wimbledon after securing the doubles title with Japanese partner Yui Kamjii.
The pair got the better of defending Dutch champions Aniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to take the title out of Dutch hands for the first time in its six-year history at the All England club.
Whiley and her partner have already won the Australian and French Open titles this year and this latest triumph completes a magnificent treble.
She said: “I have literally dreamt of winning Wimbledon since I was a little girl and it does feel like my dreams have come true.”
“I am really proud of the way I was mentally strong to start playing much better tennis after that.
“To be a three-time Grand Slam champion with Yui is just an amazing feeling. We love playing together and can’t wait to play at the US Open now and see if we can lift them all.
“Without the support of my team, friends and family, I wouldn’t be here today so I want to thank them, as well as the Tennis Foundation and UK Sport, who support me to be able to play professionally on the world tour.”
It was far from plain sailing for Whiley and Kamjii as they fell behind after an edgy first set to see the Dutch pair take control.
Van Koot and Griffioen were looking to claim a third successive Wimbledon title, however Whiley and partner Kamjii regrouped at the start of the second set, and after breaking at 2-2, didn’t look back and wrapped up the set with four straight games.
Whiley and Kamjii twiced look in control during the third set, leading 2-0 and then 5-3, but the momentum continuously shifted and the pair found themselves tied at 5-5.
A break of serve then meant Whiley was serving for the Championship and on their second match point an excellent lob shot from Kamjii meant the duo claimed their first Wimbledon title.