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Third Grand Slam title for Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji

Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji with the trophy after the Wheelchair Ladies' Doubles
by William Denny
Sunday 6 July 2014

A repeat of last year’s ladies' final took place on Court 17 as Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and Japan’s Yui Kamiji took on former calendar-Slam champions Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot from Holland.

However, this time the outcome would be different as the Brit-Japan pair clinched an enthralling 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win, capturing their third Grand Slam trophy this year.

After a one-sided opening set (the Dutch pair recorded 28 points to the tops seed’s 14) Whiley said that the No.1 seeds had to make changes in order to get back into the match. “Yui took a toilet break to relax and I personally needed to calm down because we made too many mistakes,” she said. “We spoke about reducing stupid errors and to create pressure, look for the space and hit the space because that’s what they were doing. We got off to a good start and from then on we were on it.”

The best of the action came in the deciding set, as the defending champions looked to dictate the tempo from the baseline. With the match on serve at 6-5, Kamiji’s lob winner clinched championship point number two, although Whiley admitted she was not aware that they had won the title.

“I got my serve in which I was happy about because I’ve been working on it a lot,” she added. “My reaction when we won was quite delayed because Yui made a fantastic lob but I thought it was out so I was waiting for the umpire's call and when she called it in my arms went up in the air.

“For me this is the best because it’s in Britain and I’m British. Yui won the singles in Roland Garros which was a really special moment for her but I think everybody wants to be Wimbledon champion and now we can say that we are.”

In the gentlemen’s final, defending champions Stephane Houdet and Shingo Kunieda retained their Wimbledon crown, defeating Dutch duo Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.

Despite losing the opening set to the 2011 All England Club champions, the No.1 seeds made just a single unforced error in the second and third as well as five aces. For Houdet, the victory means he has now won at every Grand Slam this year while it marks a fourth Slam title with Japanese partner Kunieda. 

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