Clare Balding introduces live coverage of the women's wheelchair doubles final as Marjolein Buis and Diede De Groot play Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley.
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This is the national programme. Now we are going to take you over to
Wimbledon. That's it. He's done it! Her Majesty will present the trophy.
Brilliant! Oh, yes! Perfect! Irresistible! Majestic! Wimbledon
champion again! What a volley! Look at their
reaction. It is a trio of consecutive Wimbledon titles, three
in a row, for Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji. That was last year and
we shall find out if Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji can do it again. As
you can see, already a crowd gathered around Roger Federer are
warming up on court number eight ahead of his attempt at a record
eight Wimbledon title, playing Marin Cilic at 2 o'clock on Centre Court.
Build-up to that will start at one o'clock on BBC One. On BBC Two we
are focused on court number three and behind me warming up is Jordanne
Whiley going for a fourth consecutive title with her partner,
who she describes as a bag for life. She means that in a very, entryway!
I am delighted to be joined by Steve Brown and Alfie Hewett who won the
doubles title with Gordon Reid yesterday and Peter Norfolk.
Thankfully the weather has been kind to us. Yes, much better than
yesterday. Somebody that the weather did not bother so much is the 2017
Wimbledon champion Alfie Hewett. Congratulations! I have seen
pictures all over the internet and social media of you celebrating with
your partner Gordon Reid. How does it feel to be a champion defending
the title? It feels amazing. There were a lot of questions asked about
us going into the event. We didn't really have very good form against
the French. To play them in the final, it was a battle and a half.
To wake up this morning, I keep reliving the moment in my head. I
have actually watched the third set tie-break already. We notice only
half of view is here. Where is Gordon? He is on holiday and that is
all I can say! We will stick with that! Hopefully better weather than
you had yesterday. How much did that rain bother you? It was tough. We
practised on the other court this week and they were much harder. As
soon as we got to court number three we realised that it was much softer,
I think because of the drizzle in the morning. That meant the wheels
were digging in. It was very tough to push. If anyone was watching,
Gordon had to raise his anti-tip at the beginning of the warm up to get
all three wheels off the ground. The whole first set, it was raining. It
wasn't heavy enough to stop play, but it made it incredibly tough for
us all to push, and we kept slipping. The movement was not as
good. We could see that. Absolutely. Hopefully it is not a problem for
the girls today. I caught up with them both yesterday after they had
their semifinals when. -- semifinals win.
Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji set for a fourth successive women's
doubles title. Still very much alive, that hope. This year feels
much more special because of circumstances and me being out of
the game for so long. I am not on form and if we were to get the win
it would definitely feel more special to me and I think maybe to
Yui as well because she has got to work harder! How does it feel when
you know that your team-mate is not at the best fitness? It is not too
important. When I am not good on the court, she can play better than me.
We can step up together. We can say many things, smiling. It is not too
important. What is it about the chemistry? How do you do so well
together? I think me and you have something very special which not a
lot of doubles partners have, which is a strong friendship base. That is
a foundation without the tennis. If I am not on form, if Yui is not on
form, we have that base already and that is enough to make a smile and
have energy. We are always going to try for each other. I think we are
very lucky. How do you make each other smile? We just have our quirky
jokes with each other. When Yui could not speak much English we
would say little things like Miss you, hello, like this. When she is
not playing very well, I am not playing very well, we just say Miss
you! We miss each other's tennis. When you can't help but smile! Are
you expecting to win? Yes! Simple as that? We are going to try our very
best. It will be a tough match. Jordanne Whiley has been struggling
with a wrist injury and the Dutch pair of very good. They are very
quick, very dedicated, and ready for the match. There are quite a few
injuries at the moment which is part of the problem of the long season.
Jordanne was only just coming back so it will be a tough match for
them. This court will fill up as the match progresses. Let's hand you
over to our commentary team, Louise Brown and Nick Mullins.
The Dutch pairing led by Diede De Groot, the women's single champion,
to get this doubles final under way. That is Jordanne Whiley, from the
West Midlands, but she is based more and more in London these days.
What a couple of days it has been for this woman, Diede De Groot. She
has risen to world number three in the rankings in no time at all. She
is the bright young thing on the block.
If you were watching her singles final, you will know that she is a
powerful, dominant player, and he likes to play as much inside the
baseline as possible. A real handful. -- she likes.
A little bit of fortune. Action are urged by Marjolein Buis. --
acknowledged by Marjolein Buis. The gap was there that aided by the net.
Not too much you can do about those. That was very nicely played. The
game wrapped up by Marjolein Buis. Who you know extraordinary well,
Louise, because this time last year you were partnering her. We are good
for all the gossip on Marjolein over the next couple of hours or how long
this takes. What is it about this partnership that really impresses
you? The strength you have got with De Groot's aggressiveness, Marjolein
gives her the chance to use it by giving all those balls back.
With these four players, there are four of the best movies on the tour
as well. Although the grass is still tough, it doesn't affect these four
women as much as some of the other players here.
The Japanese and the British player unbeaten as a pair in 2014, 2015 and
20 16. How extraordinary to do it again in 2017.
That is the power from De Groot. It was great coverage really from
Whiley and Kamiji, but just at that last point, that power out hit them
at the end. All square at the start of this women's doubles final. They
have not actually played that much together. They have not played at
all. Part of a year. They were reunited here at Wimbledon. The last
time they play together was here. Due to Jordanne Whiley having
injuries and time-out, they have not been on court for a while, but we
are witnessing here, in the semifinal and in these couple of
games, it has not been too much of a hindrance. There is a synergy,
lovely synergy between Kamiji and Whiley. We have been talking already
about that in the chat where Jordanne called Kamiji her bag for
life. It is just so natural. They know where each other is all the
time. Just over rotated a little bit on
that one. It is one of the things in wheelchair tennis that it is very
important to keep your chair steady. If it drifts, you can push it along.
Right now Kamiji and Whiley are struggling to deal with the power of
De Groot's racket. It didn't really look like there was
that much space in the middle. A lack of communication from the Dutch
pair. Both hustling for the ball but no call.
She went as hard as she could but such was the quality of the drop
shot that it wasn't hard enough. A good effort to even get there, I
think. And it is 2-1. Alfie, three games in, unfortunately
Jordanne and Yui one game behind. Your thoughts? Those teams have
really gone for it. It is good to see them pushing at the core and
taking it to each other. Didi De Groot's forehand has been one of the
strongest points of their game and I think both teams have been solid in
not giving too many cheap points away. An aggressive start.
Definitely. That is what you want to see in a tennis match, especially a
doubles match in the final. If you go to the final and you don't feel
like you have given it your all, you come off the court with regrets. It
is good to see that they have have that mentality. Do you think of them
winning the last three and going into the fourth final there will be
some pressure? Yes, there will always be some pressure. Jordanne is
always a home favourite and she has won multiple doubles titles, and
they are strong pair. They are run for the fourth. Consecutive is it?
And fourth title. Yui Kamiji, 23-year-old Japanese
left-hander, the current world number one. Shira -- she regained
the top spot from the Netherlands's Jiske Griffioen recently.
Kamiji really lead the challenge initially to fill the gap in the
sport left by the retirement of the iconic Esther. She was the one who
said, hang on, you don't have to be a Dutch tennis player to be
brilliant at this sport! She really started to raise the flag for other
nations as well. Absolutely and it was really nice to see other nations
in the top part of the rankings. I heard Gordon Reid talking about
how difficult it was to push your way around that bare patch beyond
the baseline. It was almost like much yesterday. There are some
uneven bounces as well. -- it was almost like mud yesterday.
Yet an interesting you mention the condition of the court. Of course
you feel it underfoot but in the wheelchairs you can really feel it
and it is a bizarre feeling because one minute you feel like you are
flying and then you hit that patch and it stops your momentum.
It is brilliant to be out here on court number three, one of the big
show courts, but the semifinals were wrong court 17, so they have a lot
of wheelchair use, and you can see how much a lush greenness there is
on this one. Definitely more than the courts that they have been used
to in this event. Yesterday players were using the
green bits as the target for the drop shot because the ball really
does die when it bounces on that. And even the two bounces advantage
doesn't really benefit you on this surface.
All four players have served now and all four have held onto their serve.
Jordanne Whiley, one of the great standard-bearers for this sport in
this country. Doing what she has done best alongside Gordon Reid and
Alfie Hewett and Louise for so long. Just seeing a few more unforced
errors from the Dutch side which is not so common, especially from
Marjolein Buis. Surprising at this stage.
Just crossing mat outside tramline. A handy response. Lots of you have
been with us watching this sport for a long time now but making new
friends all the time. Essentially the rules are exactly the same as
able-bodied tennis, but that two bounce thing is important.
Here is a moment for Kamiji and Whiley, a break point. First in the
final so far. Pressure for De Groot. She covered the space well, didn't
she? I guess the only other thing to talk about so that we all up to
speed, if the ball hits the chair, you lose the point. No matter where
you are, even if you are right at the back, if the ball hits the
chair, it is your opponent's point. What a rally! How much hard work was
involved in all of that? It must have been the longest rally of the
match. What a fantastic point. Some amazing gets as well. It is
interesting when the crowd don't realise you get two bounces and you
hear some early cheering. But incredible pushing. Eventually the
Dutch hold on, but only just. 3-2. Peter Norfolk sitting courtside
alongside me. De Groot really under pressure there. The Dutch coming
through. Absolutely and you can see an De Groot's forehand, that was her
weapon and the longest rally of the match as well. The British pair have
got to keep it short, actually. The backhand slice of Jordanne Whiley
could prove really effective, particularly on this lush green
court. You are right. If she can slice more, because it is just not
coming up. With a top-spin everyone is using, it is really hard to get
and it's only hope she can use it more. When we saw the doubles
yesterday, for the men, Stephane Houdet had an incredible chair,
expensive high-tech design. Is there any technical advantage for one
power or another in this matter? Not particularly. I don't think so. They
have set up the chairs so that they will roll on the grass and they do
need to make it fast because where the grass is really green it is soft
and hard to push on. We will see how this first set develops. We will
rejoin Louise Hunt. Sorry for giving you a completely different surname
earlier! And Nick Mullins. I will forgive you this time!
Marjolein Buis on the right-hand side and Diede De Groot on the left.
Wimbledon champion for the first time on her debut in the singles.
Overpowered Sabine Ellerbrock, and here she is going for another
Wimbledon title. To get it, she will have to rest it off the pair who
have been dominant here recently. What an outstanding drop shot that
was from Buis. She had lots of time to place it exactly where she
wanted. Having had break points of their own
in the previous service game, time now for Fiona and Dalli to deal with
one against their names. -- time now for Whiley and Kamiji.
And there is the first break for the Dutch pair. The Dutch looking to
upgrade the Paralympic silver medal they took in Rio last year, upgraded
into a first Wimbledon title together. De Groot of course as we
have been seeing working for the singles and doubles double. This is
Marjolein Buis. Buis plays a Paralympic medallist, won gold with
the great Esther. And we were speaking about her. Silver last year
with her partner today. APPLAUSE
And a little bit of pressure here, Louise?
With us yesterday, you will have heard us talking about the
importance of the receiver, being on the move, spinning around, keeping
those wheels going. It is crucial throughout every point, in fact.
Keeping those wheels going constantly, so crucial, especially
on grass where it is so hard to get moving again if you get stuck.
A little bit awkward for Jordanne Whiley, but it may well have gone
wrong. We will need our Harry Hawk-Eye to confirm. Oh. Close. She
looks pleased with that challenge, doesn't you? Yes.
Wonderful angle. The danger of that sliced backhand. Both players now
are starting to open the court a little more, using the lines to
their advantage. A little bit less play down the middle.
That famous De Groot forehand. She has certainly been confident with
that this week. Yes, you don't want to give her a target. You certainly
don't. The Dutch have underlined the break
of service by the fact that more hands make light work, they
eventually lost the point and it is the Dutch lead 5-2.
So at the end of that set, there are rackets clashing, is that simply
don't communication? Yes, you always have to be on at the very first ball
of the point. It does not seem like they are talking much. Perhaps they
have played so much together they don't need to, but definitely with
the points that you didn't know who was going to take it. Alfie,
yesterday in your finals which you won the court did get a little damp,
seeing lots of drop shots today, being held well on the grass, and
your game the same yesterday. To the conditions make a difference on the
ball there are? Yes, I thought the difference in the first set when
there was a lot of rain compared to the second and third, the ball
skidded through a lot more when it was wet, but it also died a lot more
as well. Whereas when it was drier there was more of a natural balance
which made it incredibly tough in the first set to be able to get to.
You can also see the way that the rackets are held, had been
wheelchair athletes, then when you have your able-bodied counterparts,
the racket is held very differently. Yes, because we obviously have to
push the chair at the same time. With a single-handed backhand, we
need that have both hands on the wheel at the same time. I will talk
to you more about that next. Let's get back to the tennis...
A big kick on that ball. It is not a tactic on grass which is usually so
effective. Yui Kamiji serving to stay in this first set.
Mm three set points. Between Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot,
against the defending champions. And the three times champions have
got some work to do, if they want to make it four at this year's
Wimbledon. Nigel Liam Boyce and Diede de Groot have won the first
set, 6-2. -- Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot. Yes, Jordanne and
Yui will have to fight pretty hard, big beat and try to find a bit more
energy, Peter? Absolutely right. A long week and Jordanne is still
fighting back from that long injury and you can see the grass has taken
its toll on them now, quite heavy. I think they will have to change their
tactics, short the point perhaps, and keep out the big long rallies.
You really have to see, when they are playing those drop shots, the
power needed through those shoulders to get to the back of the ball right
up to it in time, especially on this soft surface, Alfie? Yes, compared
to hard court you can normally get a few good pitches in there and glide
to the drop shot whereas on the surface we have to constantly keep
pushing to physically reach the ball then you have to be so quick with
your hands to then decide which shot to play. One thing I touched on with
you shortly ago, the grip on the racket, and how different it is from
able-bodied tennis, where they can get their whole shoulders and swing
into the shot. You simply don't have that in your locker, do you? No.
Obviously we use the whole of our upper body, so we use the
single-handed backhand to keep moving obviously, so that means we
need to use a lot more of our shoulders, and if you can, your
trunk, as much as possible, and you try to use as much as you can but in
terms of ability, to put as much power. But, Peter, also tactics, and
positioning, and particularly the short sharp drop shot on these
courts working so well, but almost planning ahead to what your next job
will be? Yes, it is like a game of chess. When serving you need to plan
those shots ahead because you need to know when it is going so you can
choose where it comes back. But you also to keep the chair moving at all
times. Like Alfie just said, about using the chair to keep the rotation
but also to keep moving because if you sit still you are a dead duck.
Also saw important for the sport people get to see it at the top
level. Huge numbers tuned in to watch Alfie and Gordon retained
their title yesterday, from last year. What would you like to see is
the next step for wheelchair tennis in Great Britain? Where we are now
is just hugely different to when I started a few decades ago, and what
Alfie and Gordon Reid have achieved is immense, and Jordanne, on her
fourth defence of a Grand Slam. There is still room for movement, of
course. We can move courts, we could be watching this on Centre Court,
and that is what they have been doing at the Grand Slams, slowly
moving up. Because there are more and more crowds coming in, more
awareness, and it is amazing, really, I have to say. Fantastic. I
am so pleased to be able to be here and, you know, commented and be part
of it. I think the longest rally out there was 37 hits, and you had
someone once yourself yesterday? Yes, one we had I was just
constantly going into the net, because my arms were just gone. I
said, Gordon, you have to keep going back because I am not heading that
baseline. You can see today there are a lot of long rallies, so as
Peter said you have to keep moving, because as soon as you get started
on the squirt it makes it incredibly tough to get going again. I knew
exactly what you're talking about, and I could hear Gordon at the back
going, mine, mine, mine, and it must have made you feel great to know he
had your back? Absolutely. He always has your back and he has such great
movement on the court. I remember in the last rally I was just praying it
would not come to me because I could feel it in my chest, I had nothing
in me. When you talk about winning that point, there were some where it
was just, break point, break point, and what is going through your head
at that time? A lot of things really. So many game points, break
point, big points in that match, and you just have to focus on what you
need to do to be able to win it, and it makes it incredibly tough when
you are in a final with so many people, because what you want to do
is try to get over the line, and you can't, they just keep coming back,
and it is one thing we are proud of, that our resilience yesterday was
good and we did not... We didn't get down on ourselves, no matter the
score. And it just shows how long that rally was, that it went on all
through what you were saying there. Jordanne has gone back for a short
break but she is back on court now, so first set to the Dutch, 6-2.
Let's see how Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji can respond. To get this
second set under way, the world number three, Diede de Groot.
De Groot, nearly a -year-old when she realised her legs were too
short, or those around her dead, she had -- or those around who did and
she had to wear prosthetics, took up the sport when she was seven. You
have a real mixture of disabilities on this court actually.
Interestingly, all from birth. On the tour there is a mixture but
quite often the majority have had an accident so it is interesting to
have a whole match for everybody actually has a birth disability.
APPLAUSE Opportunity at the start of this
second set for Kamiji and Whiley. And there you go. They needed a
quick start to the second set, and the defending champions have it with
the break. First game, second set. Out here on Court three where we had
such fun and games yesterday with Hewett and Reid, and once more folk
inside who will go back with the warmest of memories, the best of
memories. One of the great days of the fortnight yesterday. And this is
Jordanne Whiley. Talks powerfully, Louise, about what the sport has
done for her. She was insecure growing up, bullied, not many
friends, in and out of hospital, and tennis gave her the chance to
believe in something, to shine. Effectively dead. Sometimes I think
this sport is so much more than winning and losing. It gives you
confidence and self belief and that, for me, is priceless. -- yes, it
effectively dead. Oh, brilliant! What a combination,
what a contest, between Jordanne Whiley and Diede de Groot. What a
point. One of the most impressive of the match so far I think. Some
incredible pushing from all sides. The feel on the ball as well.
Oh. I almost feel for her there. Just reading long. -- just creeping
Oh! That is hustling and chasing of the
highest order. Pushed on by her partner, encouraging her to get to
that, but it was incredible, and a beautiful shot, straight down the
line. Almost made it look too easy. St Mary 's Church, up the hill. Set
fair for the day, I think. Cloudy but no rain.
APPLAUSE It is the chair control as much as
anything, really capturing it. Absolutely. Not just about the shots
you hit by the timing and getting to the ball, the space you make. There
is Jordanne's dad looking pretty relaxed at the moment. I love he is
wearing his London supporting 2012 T-shirt. Yes, her dad, Keith, who
was a Paralympic athlete in his own right, introduced his daughter to
the sport, after she was born with brittle bone disease. Quite a
special thing, yes. I have grown up with Jordanne so I have known Keith
my whole life. We spent our time playing tennis with them as kids,
and I think it has kept that love alive for the game for Jordanne. So
you will have seen what the sport gave her when her life was not quite
as much fun as it is today. Absolutely. Me and Jordanne have
known each other well over 20 years and have been there to the good and
the bad times and, yes, we have certainly had some experience is
together, but it is exciting to see the positive effects this has had,
on many of these athletes. They are back together for the first
time in a year, and just not quite the synchronicity that they
sometimes have, however the brilliance remains. It does. It is
interesting we have seen a couple of points down the middle, a little bit
of poor communication, which is unusual, but as you mention it could
be a result of maybe not playing together for that amount of time.
Leader looking happy with that shot. Well done, partners.
And the Dutch hold on, but it is Kamiji and Whiley with a break of
serve. A little bit of deja vu here, Alfie,
from your final yesterday. Does losing that first set make much of a
difference mentally? Yes, I think it makes it quite tough to come back.
You want to go out with a strong start, give yourself a good set
lead, especially in the final. You want that confidence behind you. I
think Jordanne and Yui have done a good job of getting it back to a
strong start in the second, they have been very solid, and not give
away any cheap games or easy points, to build their confidence even more,
which is good to see. You have seen their couple of times they have gone
for the same ball and missed the ball. But overall who is standing
out to you in terms of play? I think for me at the moment Yui Kamiji. I
think she's using the slice really well on the court, keeping it low,
making it hard for the Dutch to be aggressive. She has also use the
drop shot very nicely as well. I felt those two have picked up their
movement and are attacking a lot more. And the Dutch have been very
solid at the same time, not giving away any cheap points. Marjolein is
certainly making them play. Thank you, Alfie. A sticky first set for
the defending champions, but encouraging that Kamiji and Whiley
are certainly looking much more comfortable on Court.
Yui Kamiji's coaching team there, looking pretty happy with that last
point. They always look so relaxed and so cheerful, protein. Loving the
fan! He is just showing off I think. It is actually not that warm.
LAUGHTER Perfect that they have the flag on
there for a bit of representation. Yes, it is fairly cooler today,
hunted to near the start of the week. -- compared to nearer the
start of the week. Kamiji, one of the stars of the Rio
Paralympics last year. She will be an even bigger one in Tokyo in 2020,
I guess, up there on the posters I imagine yes, Japan are up there
along with ourselves and the Dutch, have had some phenomenal results.
She will be up there alongside Shingo Kunieda.
APPLAUSE A very solid hold. Now looking much
more comfortable with life. They almost seem to have settled, haven't
they? Yes, no question about that. How wonderful to have this as the
showcase as well, one of the show courts here at Wimbledon Court
three. Great to see Gordon saying after that win with fancy Centre
Court, after not too long. LAUGHTER
Anything is possible. I really feel, though, this week, a lot of
spectators in, and I feel the support has been fantastic for the
wheelchair events are we just hope to build on that more and more.
Maybe one day we will be on Centre. We have made it to court three. Yes,
I think the response to yesterday suggest it will be a popular
decision. Wimbledon was the last of the Grand
Slams to bring in the chairs, Louise, because there was always
that feeling that on grass it would have been too difficult, but I think
that argument has been dispelled since we first saw you guys here in
2007. It is tougher, but we are all up to the challenge. Obviously I am
biased but it is very special, I feel. You're right. Not biased, you
are correct. LAUGHTER
Whiley working hard defensively but the Hustler Marjolein Buis just too
much. She is a difficult player to pass, that is for sure.
Since that earliest break of serve, we have remained on serve.
Peter Norfolk is sitting alongside me. You have just said that this
will be a war of attrition. Absolutely, although Jordanne Whiley
just got a second wind or something. This will turn out to be an
interesting final. Jordanne has started out the second set sparkling
and flying but Yui Kamiji really tries and she has had some great
gets. She is 100% and everything she does is 100% and I think that is why
Jordanne loves playing with her because she is always there, always
smiling, always pushing, and that is the key, always pushing. Jordanne
knows she has always got someone behind her and that is why they are
such a great doubles team. It is important that they maintain their
advantage. They have the break of serve. They are trying to level
things up against this Dutch pair, seeded two at this year's Wimbledon.
Back to Louise and Nick. Screen to the right, Martin Carol,
an ex-performance player, world ranked, but also Jordanne 's
boyfriend and he has been coaching her and encouraging her game. An
expert on current knowledge. And Karen Ross and Stuart Wilkinson,
who work with the tennis foundation who do such good work. One of the
charities that have worked so hard for wheelchair tennis. Absolutely,
the main charity. Karen and Stuart are here with all of the British
players but in that area there are lots of Tennis Foundation staff who
have worked hard to supporters through events and get the players
in the best possible shape to compete. Behind them is Alex
Cochrane, strength and conditioning coach for the wheelchair players,
and a talented musician, writing and singing to raise money for sport.
The coaching crew will know that Jordanne Whiley has issues here,
three of them, in the form of break points.
I just feel that Kamiji and Whiley are caught on the back foot at the
moment. The Dutch pair are doing a good job of keeping them back but
defensive play from Whiley. She is hitting more sliced forehands
because they are so uncomfortable and they are jamming her up with
those deep balls. You cannot sidestep or step back in a
wheelchair, so movement is imperative. When you train, are you
training purely on the court with the racket in hand or do you write
on that mobility as well? You do both. There is a lot of an caught
hitting and tennis sessions but we also have an court fitness sessions
which are all about agility and movement. Tricky pushing drills to
work on short, sharp movements and also endurance. We can be pushing
for hours at a time. You also need to work on different types of
pushing as well. You have short, sharp pushes that you need to get to
a point, a bit like the one just demonstrated by Marjolein But when
you are at the back waiting for the ball to come to you it is more about
fluidity in your movement, longer pushes, trying to recover to set
yourself up for the next ball. Marjolein Buis, not so long ago, she
was partnering our Louise. I am enjoying it from a different angle
today. It is a pleasure! When we talk about Marjolein she is really
such a lovely person. We have a lot in common and the one thing she
loves about Wimbledon are the free show tickets and we have got a
lovely picture of her at School of Rock after the training session,
which she loved. She is full of character.
One of the things that she is so good at doing is being accurate. She
is known for her accuracy, not just the power, not so much, but placing
it where she once. -- where she wants. Tactically, what are they
talking about, do you think? Do they need to change anything? What do you
think? The last game there were more errors from the Dutch side, a couple
of unusual double faults from Marjolein, so I think the last game
is not too bad. Luck in their favour. They have that run when they
were 3-1 up, so it is more about how did they get to that point and had
to get back to that run of things. At the moment I don't think there is
too much that they need to change and they are using more of the
court, which I like. They are working in and around the baseline.
There seemed to be more movement around the net from the Dutch
parent. Is that what you would expect to see? Definitely. It used
to be more about rallies, but now players are moving up to the net and
it is nice to see. There are players on both sides who I expect to see
because they can hit great volleys. De Groot was junior world champion
at a very young age. She won and then again the year afterwards, and
then she was winning senior titles. Beautiful use of the court from the
Dutch players. An incredible get from Jordanne, but in that situation
the De Groot forehand is ever dangerous.
Alarm bells are ringing. Jordanne approached the ball so straight and
that is not a comfortable thing to do. You need that angle.
That famous Jordanne Whiley, that slice backhand, definitely her
biggest weapon. She just knifes it through the air and it is so tough
to return on any surface but on grass it is almost impossible.
Sell of the points we are seeing at the moment! This final is beginning
to bubble. The Dutch pair had their wheelchair facing in the opposite
direction which just leaves that big gap down the middle.
How hard they have worked to hold on. The break points that they had
to deal with. All of a sudden, pressure on the
shoulders of data De Groot. She is serving to stay in this second set.
The defending champions pushing for deciding third.
It was a shame that such a wonderful rally had to end in a fashion like
that. It was a shame because Whiley and Kamiji did a fantastic job of
keeping the Dutch pair back. They didn't even come inside the court.
But then miss it at the end and it was a shame to end it like that. --
and mis-hit at the end. The defending champions have got
better and better as this final have gone on and they suddenly find
themselves with a set point. Kamiji and Whiley are not letting
this slip through their fingers easily. They have taken De Groot and
Buis into a third and deciding set. How is it looking now? One apiece?
Yes, Jordanne and Yui have tightened up their unforced errors and they
are making the Dutch play and maybe the Dutch have crumbled and the
pressure is getting to them. There is ebb and flow, between the speed
and the attack of the ball. Some of it is very set back, almost going
through the rallies, then all of a sudden they really turn it on. That
is the style of the women's doubles right now. Very patient on the court
until they get the right shot and then they go for it. I wonder as
well if there is a bit of tension coming into the Dutch pair. Those
double faults were very expensive. You are totally right. I think that
is what they were seeing, and Kamiji and Jordanne are doing a slice fest
now and that is working and those tactics will keep going in the third
set. Quality from the British pair. Do you think in the third set they
will have the momentum and the belief? I think they have got the
momentum and the belief. It is whether they can keep up the same
standard, bearing in mind that Jordanne's fitness is not quite
there. The deeper we get into that said, the harder it will be for
them. It will be about nerves. Those rallies are just going on and on.
Unfortunately some of them have been finishing with a weak shot. But
maybe they could go on even longer. At the end, Jordanne started to
approach the net more, which is a good thing. The balls started to get
weaker. You can sense that people are hearing about this match and
they are coming here and not many empty seats left on court number
three. Let's see how the deciding set will unfold with Louise and
Nick. Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett went to
a third set yesterday and we although what happened then! -- we
all know what happened then! Jordanne Whiley from the West
Midlands now calling herself a Londoner, getting this third set
under way. Isn't that brilliant? The ball
controlled, the chair control. Another magical point. Another long
rally. All the players on court working well. The Dutch player just
found that gap. Beautiful shot down the middle.
Kamiji is quick but there was no beating that Dutch manufactured
angle. That was something else. A little bit of early concern on
Jordanne's serve. Just getting squared up a little
bit. Seems to be attacking the body. Jordanne is one of the quickest
players on the tour, so as her opponent, you want to try and limit
that. Saved one of the break points. Oh, it is out! And with Kamiji
caught up in the tarpaulin, there was only one player left on court.
What an effort this was. Incredible. To hit that much of a quality shot.
She got back quick. One more break points to save.
I'm not sure she needs encouragement from Jordanne Whiley but she gets it
anyway! And how hard she pushes to chase this down. Kamiji is moving so
well today. Some of these returns that she is getting come you think
they are gone but she is there, even if it does mean ending up in the
tarpaulin at the side! From 0- 42 deuce, but yet again a
threat of a break of serve for Jordanne Whiley. -- from 0-40, to
deuce. Now the longest game of the final so
far. One point to conclude it for Jordanne Whiley. And she has! Or
maybe? It looked good from this angle to me. UMPIRE: The ball was
called in. The call stands. Game. By the way, if you are enjoying this,
there is more on the BBC's red button and once we are done we will
bring you the men's final between the Swedes, Stefan Olsson and
Gustavo Fernandez. If you haven't seen Gustavo Fernandez this week,
the new world number one, goodness me! Peter Norfolk described him a
couple of days ago as Boris Becker in a wheelchair. He throws
themselves around like a lunatic anti-bounces back up. He does. I
have never seen anyone move a chair like him. He is incredible to watch
and that final will be very exciting so definitely tune in for that.
We continue to wonder with this business in hand as to who will be
the women's doubles champions. It might be Kamiji and Whiley once
again or De Groot and Buis. This is the third and deciding set.
She has just gone off the boil a little bit with her serve.
Diede is young and we have talked about her lack of experience. Maybe
the occasion is getting to her a little bit.
The Dutch coaches watching on, wondering. Pretty happy after a
successful week so far. If you are just joining us, Diede de Groot, the
Wimbledon singles champion yesterday, in her debut here at
Wimbledon. Nicely judged. APPLAUSE
And, controversially, Jordanne Whiley coming more and more into
this contest. Yes, definitely. Nice to see that fist pump, you can see
it in her eyes as well. -- and at the same time Jordanne
Whiley coming more and more into this.
APPLAUSE If there was any question that
having been brought back together for the first time in a year at
these championships, we have almost seen them today rediscovering their
game together, and we are seeing it come to fruition here in this third
set. I think so, and it is a pleasure to watch, isn't it?
Watching them develop as we go through the match.
LAUGHTER I suspect when Yui Kamiji closes her
eyes at night the last thing she has on her head is the sound of Jordanne
Whiley origin for more. That surprise me. This is Yui Kamiji, the
current world number one. Kamiji was actually born with spine
condition. She got otherwise I of the great Vergeer. -- she caught the
wise eye of the great Vergeer. And the fan fills out.
LAUGHTER Brilliantly played. It is
interesting to see Whiley just being a bit busier in and around the net
over the last few minutes. It is, like you say, nice to see them using
the court on all sides, covering there is better as well.
They may hold on. Another game closer and they are just three games
and -- away an estimate. I'm sure lots of folks will be
watching this at home, Louise, on their sofas and chairs, thinking
they quite fancy this. To take up wheelchair tennis what other avenues
you need to think about exploring? Well, it doesn't matter your
disability, ability, whatever. We have visually impaired tennis,
hearing tennis, and also the wheelchair tennis you're watching
now. If you're interested in getting involved head straight to the Tennis
Foundation website, and there you can find a local clubs you can go
to. And there are hundreds of them. You don't have to work hard to
find a club, because you will find one easily enough. Absolutely. Loads
of opportunities all over the country. And don't worry if you
don't have a tennis chair, because a lot of clubs have them. Go to the
website and look at it, because the best thing about tennis is that
anybody can play. Karen Ross. There has been topping the newspapers over
the last couple of days about how funding has been cut by a couple of
million pounds, leading into this tournament. Talk about whether the
LTA might do a bit more to support, creating something of an issue, but
does not take away from the growth of this sport over the last decade
or solely by -- led by people like Peter Norfolk, who is here today.
But never have so many people in this country played wheelchair
tennis. There are more playing now than ever before. Exactly, and at
every level, and that is the most exciting part to see. It shows how
well our sport is growing. APPLAUSE
It was a great setup and finish by Marjolein. Compared to the tennis
was from her at the start of the match. Errors creeping in from Diede
de Groot, and I don't know if it is the pressure getting to work, but
not what we have seen from her in the tournament so far.
APPLAUSE Well, this is starting to look very
perilous for the Dutch. A double break down here...
That's a very rare shot, Alfie Hewett and Peter, Peter not talking.
LAUGHTER And another game. Another two games
away and they are taking control of this final, Yui Kamiji and Jordanne
Whiley. And, again, so many folk inside Court
3, watching this sport for the first time perhaps, they might be
thinking, hang on, this is good to watch. Jordanne Whiley, 4-0, third
The Dutch pair, just a lot more passive now, aren't they?
Kind of loss that aggressive run they had.
Brilliant. There was a shot in the middle of all that, as De Groot hit
another powerful effort towards Kamiji for her peripheral vision was
just extraordinary. You should've seen it, that second as it came over
her shoulder. Absolutely. Great chair and racket skills.
I mean, they had so much space, didn't they? On that point, both
players inside the court, so Kamiji with a few options were to hit that
ball. One game away. One game away from winning this thing for a fourth
time. Well, Peter, you talk about Jordanne being out for a while,
eight months, but it doesn't show, does it? No, the adrenaline flowing
around both of their veins at the moment. Not what I predicted. I
thought the Dutch girls would be all over them, but at the moment I think
the nerves are showing on the Dutch girls, and Yui for me is just
incredible at the back of the court, and that is what gives Jordanne this
platform to play on, and she has just had a fabulous backhand down
the line. They are well operate. It seemed for a moment that the Dutch
were targeting Jordanne. Every shot was going her way for a long time.
Yes, that would have been a great tactic, but actually it has
backfired on them, because it has played Jordanne into it. She is just
playing super at the moment and she will be feeling really good for
this. You know, 5-0. They will go for it. Great serve. Thanks very
much, Pete. Well, they have been absolutely brilliant in this third
set. Reminding us all, particularly the two Dutch women, just why they
have been so hard to beat here. But Diede de Groot, alongside Marjolein
Buis, who looked so strong in that first set, serving to stay in the
final. Not doing much with their returns
there. A little bit passive, perhaps a bit of nerves setting in.
She had that shot so well. She does, and it is her favourite, and
definitely the biggest strength. All the women on the tour are aware of
the Jordanne Whiley sliced backhand, and they certainly don't aim to hit
the ball here. Oh, that point was a box set all of
its own! And what a point to bring up championship point. An epic
rally. Just out of reach.
UMPIRE: Advantage, Ms De Groot. Deuce.
APPLAUSE Oh, on the line.
UMPIRE: Advantage, Ms Whiley. Once again, championship play. Once
again, the Dutch refusing to go quietly. Yes, what a response on a
championship point. Third opportunity to defend the
title. It's on the line!
APPLAUSE UMPIRE: Game, Ms Kamiji and Ms
Whiley. They will never tire of hearing it,
but once again Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley are Wimbledon
champions. 20-14, -- 20 14, 2015, 2016 and 17. There has been nobody
quite like these two on these courts. After Hewett and Reid did it
for Britain yesterday, Whiley and Kamiji do it for Britain and Japan
today. Lucky Court number three for the Brits, eh? And there is
Jordanne's mum, very proud. After the year she has had, with all the
worries about the wrist injury, and there is her dad, Keith, who got her
into this sport in the first place. That was a pretty decent decision,
it is safe to assume, in hindsight. Definitely. Look, she has got
herself a little bit stuck there, in all the excitement!
LAUGHTER And she is free. There we go!
LAUGHTER Her mum with a hug for Yui as well.
And there it is, how well the Dutch two played, Marjolein Buis and Diede
de Groot, particularly in that first set, but Kamiji and Whiley perhaps
started to -- studied a ramp it up and perhaps De Groot as well, with
all the emotion, from yesterday, catch up. Yes and wealth behind them
as a player, congratulations to them, and commiserations to the
Dutch as well. They must feel they have put in a great fight and some
tennis. Ladies and gentlemen, the trophies will now be presented on
Court to the winners and runners-up. Joining tournament referee Gerry
Armstrong, please welcome Michael Ascues, a member of the of --
committee of management for the Championships. And, firstly, --
welcome Michael. Runners-up for the Netherlands, Marjolein Buis and
Diede de Groot. APPLAUSE
And now the 2017 Wimbledon champions, from Japan, Yui Kamiji,
and from Britain, Jordanne Whiley! APPLAUSE
We have a massive crowd now who I know well now want to hear from our
champions. They have done it again, a fourth consecutive title.
Jordanne, you ought to give everybody a little bit of an idea of
how hard-fought this was for you in terms of injury, the match as well?
Yes, this is by far the most special to me because I have been out for
eight months, struggling with injury. Have not played with Yui for
a year now, and I really did try my hardest and Diede and Marjolein are
such a strong team. I am so happy. APPLAUSE
We can see how thrilled you are, and, Yui, how do you feel right now,
and how special this moment? Sorry... I'd like to thank Jordanne
for playing with me again, and congratulations to Marjolein and
Diede, and thank you to all the audience cheering for us. Yes...
APPLAUSE They did, they were cheering for
you. And I think all of us will remember the shouts of "Yui, Yui!"
Throughout that. You are a terrific partnership. What you think is the
secret of being able to get back on court not having played this year
and still being able to do this? That is easy. She is my best friend.
I would try my hardest for Yui and I know she would do the same, and that
is what makes such a special doubles partnership.
APPLAUSE You make it as well very special to
watch. Last word, Jordanne, on behalf of both of you, who would you
like to thank here? Firstly I would like to thank all of the crowd. You
don't know how much it picks us up on the court. It means a lot you to
be here. Thank you. Thank you to my family who came out, the coaches out
there, my boyfriend and my coach out there, so thank you to everybody the
stadium. Many congratulations to Yui Kamiji and Jordanne Whiley!
APPLAUSE Well, that final shot down the
middle, they have secured their fourth victory here at Wimbledon.
They must be too belated now. It is amazing and I am so happy. They have
just moved wheelchair tennis to another plateau. The same as Alfie
Hewitt and Gordon Reid yesterday. Yet more mystery has been made and
it is thrilling to be courtside here to watch it. Garden, excuse me,
Alfie! The crowds at the end there, a standing ovation, Sim sendoff as
you. Thoroughly deserved, don't you think? Yes, looking at the swirling,
6-0, it shows how dominant the pair were that final set. They work for
every single ball -- look at the score alone. The Dutch just cracked.
The standard of play overall, Pete, was phenomenal? I am amazed. I did
not to come in and do that. You saw the
first set, 6-2, then you think, wow, they played into Jordanne and she
just got better and better. When you have the defensive qualities of Yui
there, you know, it is just great. What a platform for them. I just
think everybody watching and everybody on court three, really
touched by how Jordanne summed up their partnership, that the best
friends and understand each other. You have to pay tribute to De Groot
and Buis, what a fabulous match they made it. And, Alfie, they played
very well to this tournament, played well all year. They were hot
favourites coming into this? Yes, Marjolein and Diede, the portly well
together, great partnership, had some great results, and that first
set showed what they could do, 6-2, a strong set for them. Whether the
pressure got to them or not, we will never know, but they fought for
every ball until the end and Griffioen and Yui did the same,
really good match to watch. Jordanne said of all of her victories this
one means the most. Yes, I think her fourth title now at Wimbledon. It is
an amazing achievement for both of them and I would like to
congratulate them as well. How much longer can you see this partnership
staying, Peter? Why would you split it up, let's face it? It is great.
They have a fabulous understanding with each other. Long may it
continue. The US Open next, so they have done a Grand Slam, the full
Slam, so why not? They are really making history now, not just for
wheelchair tennis, but tennis all over. But for me the nicest thing is
Jordanne is British. Previously with the women it has all been Dutch, so
it is nice to get away from that... Not that I dislike the Dutch! But it
is great for us, and British tennis is so up at the moment, it is
brilliant. If you want to see more wheelchair tennis just press the red
back button. We have Stefan Olsson, really superb player, up against
Gustavo Fernandez, the new world number one, and with perfect timing
your other option is to switch to BBC One where you can see all of the
build-up to the men's single final, Roger Federer against Marin Cilic,
followed by the mixed doubles for Jamie Murray is up against Heather
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