TENNIS: Rankings boost for Windley after Mexico trip

Jade Windley
Jade Windley

Tattershall based tennis star Jade Windley is celebrating career high positions in the world singles and doubles rankings.

Windley has just returned from Monterrey, Mexico, where she made the singles qualifying cut for a WTA Tour $500,000 event - and the main draw for doubles.

It was a prestigious competition.

The top seeds were players of the calibre of Flavia Panetta, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniaki.

Windley’s performances mean she is now ranked 279 at singles and 159 at doubles. Domestically, she is ranked third in doubles and seventh in singles.

She said: “This is very promising for the future and edges me closer to my long term goal of breaking into the world’s top 100 and getting into all of the Grand Slam events.”

In the first round of singles qualifying in Mexico, Windley faced her doubles partner for the event - America’s Nicole Melichar - who is ranked 170 in the world.

She battled through to win 6-7 6-2 7-5 after Melichar had served for the match.

Because of rain delays, Windley had to return to match action just an hour later when she lost to fourth seed Adriana Perez of Venezuela.

In the main draw of the doubles, Windley and Melichar won their first match together against tough Mexican opponents, coming through 6-2 5-7 10-8 in a third set tiebreak.

In the quarter final, they faced third seeds, Megan Moutlon-Levy (USA) and Darija Jurak (Croatia), who are ranked in the world’s top 50.

Windley and Melichar Nicole created numerous but lost 7-5 6-3 with the great experience of their rivals proving decisive.

It was a very entertaining match, much to the delight of a large crowd in the stadium.

The new rankings are the perfect present for Windley ahead of her 24th birthday on April 22.

She is back to her best after an injury earlier in the year and appears to be on course for a return to Wimbledon this summer.