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Tennis: Whiley wins Australian Open Women’s Doubles title

January 30, 2015
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Jordanne Whiley and Japan’s Yui Kamiji claimed their second Australian Open women’s doubles wheelchair tennis title and their fifth successive Grand Slam crown today (Friday 30) at Melbourne Park after defeating second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
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Whiley and Kamiji fought back from 2-0 down in the opening set to draw level with the Dutch pairing, but they couldn’t fully retrieve a second break as Griffioen and van Koot took the opener.

However, Whiley and Kamiji broke a sequence of service holds at the end of the second set to take it 6-4 and force a tense decider in which they bounced back from 3-1 down to eventually edge ahead 6-5, before breaking the Dutch serve one last time in a tense finale.

Victory in Melbourne came in three hours and 21 minutes and means that Whiley and Kamiji’s ambitions to secure a second successive calendar year Grand Slam remain intact as they now focus on Roland Garros in June.

I’m really delighted to win such a tough match, Jiske and Aniek gave us a great game. It’s very pleasing to come back after such a successful year and still be at the top of our game,” said Whiley.

“I would like to thank all my team at the Tennis Foundation, UK Sport and National Lottery funding, Living Tennis, 17 Management and my sponsors who all helped make this win possible. Yui and I have now won five Grand Slams in a row and we look forward to trying to make it six at Roland Garros.”

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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