Jade Windley, the Tattershall based tennis star, has revealed the injury agony behind her brave bid for Wimbledon success.
Windley will this week attempt to qualifying for the women’s singles and doubles at the world’s most prestigious tournament.
There is also a chance she could line up in the mixed doubles alongside fellow Lincolnshire star Dan Cox.
The qualifying action comes just weeks after Windley feared she would miss the entire tournament - and most of summer - due to a persistent back injury.
The problem forced the 24-year-old to return home early from competing in the Far East a couple of months ago.
Apparently, the injury also flared up earlier this year after Windley was involved in a car accident.
Windley told the News: “I’ve had problems with my back for a few years now.
“However, it (the car accident) definitely didn’t help.
“I was in a car that was hit from behind and I suffered pretty bad whip-lash.
“Then, I had a recurrence of the problem in the Far East.
“I had to come back early from Japan.
“That was a nightmare, I couldn’t have been much further away from home.
“I was in agony. I had to get on three different flights in a day - carrying two of the biggest bags you’ve ever seen - and with a bad back.
“It’s not something I want to go through again.”
Windley is full of praise for the medical team who have got her career - and her back - on the competitive trail again.
She admitted: “There have been a lot of times over the last few weeks when I thought I’d probably have to miss Wimbledon.
“That was an awful feeling.
“I have missed quite a lot of tennis but I’ve managed to start playing again and fingers crossed, things are going ok.
“I feel fine. I’m hitting the ball well and although I am a bit restricted to what I can do in training, I’m feeling pretty positive.”
Windley, who battled to career high world rankings in the singles and doubles earlier this year, admitted she is delighted to be in with a chance of playing at Wimbledon.
Twelve months ago, she and partner Sam Murray appeared in the first round of the women’s doubles in what both players described as the ‘biggest day of their lives.’
Murray, though, has missed the last four months through injury and as a result, their world ranking has slipped agonisingly below the level needed to guarantee an automatic place in the main Wimbledon draw.
Windley added: “I think we’ve missed out by five or six places which is disappointing but we’re going into the qualifying with a lot confidence.
“We’d both love to play next week. Wimbledon’s the biggest tournament in the world and it’s great to be involved.”
There is also the chance of singles action for Windley and she is waiting to see if her application for a mixed doubles place alongside Cox is successful.
She explained: “Qualifying is always difficult. A lot of good players are trying to get into the draw and it’s just about putting two or three good performances together.”