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Jordanne Whiley puts broad grin back on British faces

By Eleanor Crooks

Great Britain's Jordanne Whiley won her first Wimbledon title as she and wheelchair women's doubles partner Yui Kamiji closed in on a calendar Grand Slam of all four majors.

The 22-year-old from Halesowen and 20-year-old Japanese player Kamiji were 2-6 6-2 7-5 winners on Court 17 against the Dutch pairing of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

Whiley and Kamiji have already won the Australian Open and French Open titles this year and will head to New York in September aiming to add the US Open to complete a sweep of the slams.

From 5-3 in front in the deciding set, Whiley and Kamiji dropped their next service game to put the set back on serve, but they seized a further break in going on to clinch the trophy, earning shared prize money of £12,000.

London 2012 Paralympic doubles bronze medallist Whiley said of her success: "I have literally dreamt of winning Wimbledon since I was a little girl and it does feel like my dreams have come true.

"I really wasn't sure which way it was going to go but I think when Aniek's serve started to go in the third we felt we had to take advantage.

"I was annoyed with myself at the end of the first set and I'm 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 to see if we can lift them all!"

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