Wheelchair tennis sensation Jordanne Whiley won her fourth Wimbledon doubles title in 2017 while 11 weeks pregnant with her son Jackson following which she was off tennis. But she recently revealed that her comeback was inspired by none other than Serena Williams.
“When I saw her at the US Open when she came back, she did incredibly well and I thought, ‘Good, it’s actually possible to come back after a baby’, because I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like, I wasn’t sure how the birth was going to go or literally anything,” Whiley told Press Association Sport.
“I had so many injuries before I had Jackson so I didn't know if my body would hold out. It just gave me a bit of hope really”. Her comeback has also been a successful one. “I didn't expect it to go this well,” Whiley said.
“I just don't know what's happened. I've had the hardest draws, I've always got the first seed in the second round or something, and then next thing I know I've won. It's a bit of a blur”. “There’s a lot riding on Wimbledon for me because if I do well I could qualify for the US Open but I have to make at least the semis.
Obviously, me and Yui are going for another doubles title”. She ended by saying that she has no regrets of coming back on court. “Every single tournament I go to it's because I absolutely need to,” she said.
“It’s been made better by the fact I've had such a good comeback. I sacrificed a lot at the beginning in the hope of good results and that's what's happened”.