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TENNIS: Windley sets sights on Grand Slam bid

Great Britain's Samantha Murray (left) and Jade Windley in their doubles match against Italy's Flavia Pennetta and Germany's Andrea Petkovic during day four of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

Great Britain's Samantha Murray (left) and Jade Windley in their doubles match against Italy's Flavia Pennetta and Germany's Andrea Petkovic during day four of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

Tattershall-based tennis star Jade Windley has set her sights on competing in some of the world’s top tournaments in 2014.

Windley goes into the year with career high world rankings in singles (297) and doubles (180).

Domestically, Windley is ranked seventh in singles and fifth in doubles.

Provided she can continue that progress, Windley could be in line to play Grand Slam events like Wimbledon and the French Open.

Recently, she just missed the cut in qualifying for the Australian Open.

However, she will be looking to kick-start her year by playing in a tournament in Glasgow on January 13 in search of more valuable ranking points.

Windley described 2013 as a ‘breakthrough year’ after she impressed in tournaments at home and abroad.

She said the highlight proved to be playing at Wimbledon.

Windley, who trains at Woodhsall Spa, added: “The best moment of my career was in July when I competed in my first main draw Grand Slam at Wimbledon.”

Windley and regular partner Samantha Murray were beaten in three sets in the first round by the much higher ranked Andrea Petkovic and Flavia Pennetta.

Windley also competed in the singles qualifying event at Wimbledon and was one of only two British players to make it past the first round.

She did win a $10,000 singles event in Bournemouth after successfully defending her title.

She made the quarter finals of a $40,000 ‘H’ event in South Africa, again beating top 150 ranked players along the way.

Windley embarked on a successful three work tour of Canada and won three matches to qualify for the main draw of a $100,000 event in Vancouver.

Overall, Windley and Murray won four consecutive $10,000 doubles events.

They reached several finals in more lucrative competitions and secured their first WTA tour win, making the quarter finals in Linz, Austria.

 

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