Jordanne Joyce Whiley MBE[1] (born 11 June 1992) is a British wheelchair tennis player. Aged 14 she became Britain's youngest ever national women's singles champion in wheelchair tennis.[2] She has osteogenesis imperfecta as does her father, Keith, who was also a Paralympian and won a bronze medal in 1984 in New York.[3] As well as the 2015 US Open in wheelchair singles, Whiley has won 9 Grand Slam doubles titles, and her & Japanese Yui Kamiji are the fourth team in women's wheelchair doubles (as well as the most recent players) to complete the Calendar Year Grand Slam.[4] Whiley was awarded the MBE in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours list.

Jordanne Whiley
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Whiley at the 2016 Paralympics
Full nameJordanne Joyce Whiley
Country (sports) Great Britain
ResidenceHalesowen, West Midlands
Born (1992-06-11) 11 June 1992 (age 27)
Birmingham, England
Official websitejordannewhiley.com
Singles
Career record282–138
Highest rankingNo.3 (6 June 2016)
Current rankingNo.20 (7 August 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (2014)
French OpenSF (2016)
WimbledonSF (2016)
US OpenW (2015)
Other tournaments
Paralympic GamesQF (2016)
Doubles
Career record223–106
Highest rankingNo.1 (20 July 2015)
Current rankingNo.17 (7 August 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (2014, 2015)
French OpenW (2014, 2016)
WimbledonW (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
US OpenW (2014)
Other doubles tournaments
Masters DoublesW (2013, 2014)
Paralympic GamesBronze medal Paralympics.svg Bronze medals (2012, 2016)

Junior careerEdit

In 2006 at the age of 14 Whiley claimed her first senior main draw titles when she won the singles and doubles at the Cardiff Wheelchair Tennis tournament, also winning the girls title.[5][6] At the end of 2006 Whiley had moved up from 112 to 48 in the rankings and had won junior titles in Poland and the Netherlands.[7][8][9] Whiley won two awards at the British Wheelchair Tennis Association awards: Most improved female player and players' player of the year.[10] Whiley created history in 2007 when she defeated Katharine Kruger in Tarbes. She became the first Briton to claim the Cruyff Foundation Wheelchair Juniors Masters title, Whiley also claimed the doubles title with Louise Hunt.[11] Following on from the Masters success Whiley won her second senior title at the North West Challenge.[12] Whiley followed this up by becoming the youngest national British Champion and winning the doubles title as well.[10][13] Whiley then successfully defended her Cardiff wheelchair tennis tournament titles.[6] In 2008 Whiley successfully defended her Masters titles; defeating Emmy Kaiser in the singles before partnering Hunt to back to back doubles titles.[14] The following week Whiley claimed her first international title the Sion Indoor.[15] Whiley then successfully defended both titles at the North West Challenge.[16] She was named in the team for the 2008 Paralympic Games.[17]

Senior careerEdit

In 2012, she reached the finals of Women's wheelchair doubles at Wimbledon.[18] She competed for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics[19] where she shared a bronze with Lucy Shuker in women's doubles.[20] Whiley and Shuker won another bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics, where Whiley was eliminated in the women's singles quarterfinals.[21]

Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji of Japan achieved a calendar Grand Slam by winning the wheelchair doubles at the Australian Open (beating the Dutch pair Marjolein Buis and Jiske Griffioen), the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open (overcoming Griffioen and fellow Dutchwoman Aniek van Koot in all three finals). They finished the year by adding the Masters crown after defeating Louise Hunt and Katharina Kruger in the final. However, despite the absence of van Koot and Griffioen the pair did not go undefeated throughout the tournament as they lost to Marjolein Buis and Michaela Spaanstra during the round robin group stage.[22]

Whiley and Kamiji are four times doubles champions at Wimbledon, and Whiley was 11 weeks pregnant when they won their 4th title, in 2017.[23][24] Whiley did not participate at the Championships in 2018, after giving birth to her son, earlier that year. She plans a comeback in late 2018.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ GRO reference: July 1992, Vol. 32, Page 22
  2. ^ "Athlete Bio". Ipc.infostradasports.com. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Meet the players: Jordanne Whiley". Lta.org.uk. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ "US Open 2014: Britain's Jordanne Whiley completes wheelchair Grand Slam in New York". Sky Sports. 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Teenage duo claim Cardiff titles". BBC Sport. 23 October 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Black Country – Sport – Jordanne hits another hat-trick". BBC. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Jordanne Whiley: tennis ace". BBC. 11 January 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Cruyff Foundation Junior Camp Success for Britons". Itftennis.com. 5 August 2006. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  9. ^ "British juniors net another double in Poland". Itftennis.com. 27 August 2006. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Teenage duo claim national crowns". BBC Sport. 29 May 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Junior Whiley wins French title". BBC Sport. 8 February 2007. Archived from the original on 7 March 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Title success for Reid and Whiley". BBC Sport. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Black Country – Sport – Jordanne: teenage champion". BBC. Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Britons celebrate Masters success". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Swiss success for teenager Whiley". BBC Sport. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Reid & Whiley claim singles wins". BBC. 3 March 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Norfolk named in GB tennis squad". BBC News. 12 June 2008.
  18. ^ "Wimbledon 2012: Lucy Shuker & Jordanne Whiley lose final". Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  19. ^ "The players call me Princess Smurf. Apparently I act like a princess on tour". Channel 4. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  20. ^ "Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley survive match point to win bronze". The Daily Telegraph. London. 7 September 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  21. ^ Jordanne Whiley Archived 22 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine. rio2016.com
  22. ^ "Top seeds lift UNIQLO Doubles Masters titles". Itftennis.com. 9 November 2014. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  23. ^ "Jordanne Whiley reveals she won Wimbledon wheelchair doubles title while pregnant". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  24. ^ Sport, Telegraph (31 July 2017). "Jordanne Whiley reveals she became Wimbledon wheelchair doubles champion while 11 weeks pregnant". Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  25. ^ "TENNIS: Jordanne Whiley sets sights on comeback after pregnancy". Oxford Mail. Archived from the original on 30 August 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.

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