Whiley wins fourth doubles title at Wimbledon with comeback victory
Jordanne Whiley made history by winning a fourth women’s doubles title at Wimbledon and dubbed it the most special title of her career.
Whiley and Kamiji had won the previous three women’s doubles titles at the All England Club, but with the Brit having missed almost eight months with injury, they came into the tournament unseeded.
But they showed their class on Sunday with a stunning comeback victory to win the match 2-6 6-3 6-0 over the Dutch second seeds Diede de Groot and Marjolein Buis.
“This definitely feels the most special to me because of the time I had out. It's been eight months,” said the 25-year-old.
“I really didn't even expect to get to a final, no matter about winning it. I think that just shows how strong me and Yui really are.
“We haven't played together for a year, I've had a lot of time out, but we can still come back and win Wimbledon again." Jordanne Whiley
“We're just the best of friends. Although a lot of doubles partnerships, they are friends, they get on well, me and Yui, we just know each other inside and out.
“We spend a lot of time together off the court. We really do know what makes each other tick.
“I think today our first set didn't go to plan. I wasn't playing so well. Yui wasn't feeling so confident. We knew we were always going to try hard for each other.
“Sometimes we don't even have to speak to each other, it's simple little winks or smiles or eye contact that make us tick”
Whiley suffered a fracture of the wrist late last year which, combined with tendonitis and arthritis in the same joint, kept her out of the game for eight months.
She returned at the French Open and has now won a Grand Slam title in just her second tournament back.
The win also marks her tenth win at a Grand Slam, equalling the tally of the ‘Quadfather’ Peter Norfolk - and Whiley is now keen to add a Paralympic gold to her collection, to also equal that of Norfolk.
“To be honest, I didn't even think about the record,” she added. “I was so focused on getting four Wimbledons because it sounds better than three, that I forgot now I was actually into double figures individually, which is incredible.
“I've always wanted to get into double figures. Now I am. I've equalled Peter, so it's a healthy rivalry between me and him." Jordanne Whiley
“Definitely going for a gold medal now. I don't have a gold medal. Hopefully in three years' time, I can do that in Tokyo.”