Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jordanne Whiley reveals she became Wimbledon wheelchair doubles champion while 11 weeks pregnant

Jordanne Whiley (left) and Yui Kamiji with the trophy after winning the Ladies' Wheelchair doubles final
Jordanne Whiley (left) and Yui Kamiji with the trophy after winning the Ladies' Wheelchair doubles final
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Jordanne Whiley, the Wimbledon wheelchair doubles champion, has announced she is expecting her first child.

The 25-year-old Paralympian was 11 weeks pregnant when she won Wimbledon with doubles partner Yui Kamiji earlier this month.

"So I had a little help at Wimbledon this year.. #13weeks #Baby," Whiley tweeted above a scan picture and a photo of a small tennis racket resting on a Wimbledon baby grow.

Whiley's partner of five years is Marc McCarroll, who is also her coach.

Whiley, a 10-time grand slam champion and two-time Paralympic bronze medallist, told women's sport website The Mixed Zone: "It was planned. After Rio we decided we wanted a family.

"I thought, 'If we start trying in May I could still play Wimbledon', and it worked. But I had no idea how incredibly sick I'd be.

"I plan to come back in a year or 18 months. Obviously I'll have to see how I go. But I haven't ruled out the Tokyo Paralympics.

"I've been encouraged by seeing what Sarah Storey and Jess Ennis have achieved.

"It's definitely possible for mums to be elite sportswomen."

Serena Williams discovered she was expecting shortly before winning the Australian Open without dropping a set in January, while Kim Clijsters won three majors after having a child.

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