TENNIS: Jade Windley Wimbledon dream is hanging by a thread

Jade Windley - Wimbledon dream is still alive despite defeat in singles qualifying
Jade Windley - Wimbledon dream is still alive despite defeat in singles qualifying

Tattershall tennis star Jade Windley was anxiously waiting today (Wednesday) for the call which could keep her great Wimbledon dream alive.

Windley has high hopes of playing in the tournament for a second year in succession - despite problems recently with a back injury.

However, she lost in the qualifying competition for both the ladies singles and ladies doubles.

There is still a chance she could earn a place in the mixed doubles, playing alongside fellow Lincolnshire star Dan Cox.

The pair will have to rely on a wildcard entry and the list of successful applicants was due out today.

Windley’s first setback came in the singles when she went down in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1, to Germany’s Carina Witthoeft at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton.

There was little to choose between the two players in the first set but the German star - ranked above Windley in the world ratings - made her extra power and experience tell.

Windley and doubles partner Sam Murray - who played in the first round last year - also lost out in qualifying, beaten 6-4, 6-2 by number two seeds Yuliya Beygelzimer and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik.

Windley and Murray did have chances, especially in the first set, but their opponents proved too strong, reeling off five games on the bounce to go through.

Despite the setbacks, Windley remained optimistic about the future while admitting the recent injury problems had made an adverse impact.

She said: “If I’d had another couple of weeks playing before coming into the qualifiers, it would have been a lot better.

“I was hitting the ball well and moving well which was positive after the injury.

“It was a great experience and hopefully I’ll learn from it and come back stronger next year.”