Britain's Jordanne Whiley and Japan's Yui Kamiji won their second successive Wimbledon title today after beating arch-rivals Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot in the ladies' wheelchair doubles.
The pair lifted the title after a back and forth match which saw them eventually beat the Dutch duo 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the women’s wheelchair doubles final.
Whiley earned the first service hold of the women’s final to take the top seeds into a 3-2 lead in what was a re-match of last year's final and they used their momentum to take the opening set after winning five games in row.
They made it eight games in a row to take a 3-0 second set lead before second seeds Griffioen and van Koot battled back to force the customary decider in games between these four.
A tense final set saw the defending champions earn what turned out to be the vital break as they seized the initiative at 5-3.
Whiley then held her nerve superbly to serve out and give herself and Kamiji their sixth Grand Slam title out of the last seven majors after finishing runners-up to Griffioen and van Koot at Roland Garros last month.
“It’s always difficult to come back and defend your title and today certainly wasn’t easy," said Whiley.
"Yui and I really started strongly being a set and three love up but we knew that they were going to come back strongly after that and we lost it a little at the start of the third set.
"But we were able to fight back and the crowd really helped us with that as they always do here at Wimbledon.
“I did feel the nerves in the second set and I was feeling a bit sick as we’ve never actually led like that in a final, we’ve always come from behind before.
"This was one of the best matches we’ve ever played and I’m really proud of both of us for doing so well."
It was a tougher day for fellow Briton Gordon Reid as he had to settle for runner-up in the men’s doubles with Michael Jeremiasz from France after they were beaten 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 by Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Nicolas Peifer of France.
A second Grand Slam title for Roland Garros doubles champion Reid looked to be on the cards after beating top seeds, Japan's Shingo Kunieda and France's Stephane Houdet in their semi-final yesterday, but tiredness took its toll.
“Yesterday’s marathon semi-final really took it out of us after being on court for nearly three hours," said Reid.
"Today we didn’t play the big points as well and Fernandez and Peifer were just on too good form."
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June 2015: Kunieda increases Grand Slam tally to 38 after singles and doubles success at French Open
May 2015: Delight in Antalya as Dutch secure 28th women's wheelchair tennis team title
January 2015: Alcott claims maiden Grand Slam title in front of home crowd at Australian Open