Whiley eyeing Grand Slam history

Halesowen's Jordanne Whiley in action.

Halesowen's Jordanne Whiley in action.

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HALESOWEN'S Jordanne Whiley will aim to create a piece of British tennis history this week when she contests the wheelchair tennis competition at the US Open in New York, the final Grand Slam of the year.

The 22-year-old two-time Paralympian bids to complete a full set of Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. No Brit, wheelchair player nor non-disabled, has ever won all four Grand Slam titles in any event in the same calendar year.

Whiley and Japan’s Yui Kamiji have beaten Dutch partnerships in the finals of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, defeating reigning champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in Paris and at Wimbledon.

Now both partnerships will start the women’s doubles in New York as the top two seeds as Kamiji and Whiley, who have replaced Griffioen and van Koot as the world’s top two ranked women’s doubles players, attempt to emulate the Dutch pair’s feat in winning all four Grand Slam events in 2013.

Whiley said: "2013 was the start of a great partnership for me and Yui and although I thought we would always do well, I'd never imagined we would be in the position we're in now and it's very exciting to see how far we've come together over the last year.

"We know it won't be easy at the US Open and all the others partnerships will be tough opponents, especially Jiske and Aniek as they're the defending champions, but we will go into it as confident as ever.”

Whiley will also aim to reverse the result of last Saturday’s women’s doubles final at the USTA Championships in St. Louis, when Griffioen and van Koot beat the Brit and South Africa’s Kgothatso Montjane at the sixth and last Super Series tournament of the year.

The tournament saw Whiley reach the women’s singles quarter-finals before this week’s world number six was edged out 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 by world number one Kamiji.

“It was a close match and I really feel it could have been mine if I’d served a little bit better, but to take Yui to three close sets just before a Grand Slam shows I’m in good form so bring on New York,” added the British Number One and London 2012 doubles bronze medallist.

The US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition begins today and continues until Sunday.

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