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Lincolnshire tennis star Jade Windley dreaming of Wimbledon after victories

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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Three consecutive doubles victories have left Jade Windley storming up the world rankings and dreaming of a summer trip to Wimbledon.

The Tattershall tennis professional has enjoyed a superb end to the 2012 season, which has seen her take doubles titles in Loughborough, Edgbaston and Vallduxo in Spain.

After a torrid time last year, when injuries hampered her progress, an injury-free period of Futures tournaments have resulted in Windley hitting a rich vein of form.

Teaming up with regular doubles partner Anna Fitzpatrick, Windley (22) won two Futures doubles tournaments in England, before taking another doubles title in Spain after teaming up with Russian Yana Sizikova.

Windley, who has also reached a semi-final and two quarter-finals in singles events, will be sorry to see the end of the season.

"I really wanted the tournaments to keep coming, because my form has been so good," Windley said.

"The success has reinforced for me why I train every day and I am now focusing on more of the same next season."

Windley faces a month of hard work during a training block in December.

After that, the former Horncastle student is planning a trip to Australia at the end of January.

"It is important that I keep this form going into the new year, but I must also step up in terms of the level of tournaments I play in," she added.

"My aim is to keep rising through the world rankings so that I am in a position to have a chance of going to Wimbledon next year.

"For that to happen, I will have to be at about 250 in the world in both singles and doubles.

"I am closing in on that but I have to take it one step at a time.

"The recent wins will help me once those points have been added to my current ranking, but if I start to play in higher level tournaments there will be more points on offer."

When the rankings are updated, Windley, who also has a Bournemouth singles title to show for 2012, hopes to be at around 420 in singles and at around 310 in doubles, a massive improvement from where she began the year.

"It has been great to have a sustained run of competitions and no injury problems," Windley said.

"It has helped me to find some consistency which is why the recent tournament wins have been coming.

"It is also great to see one of my friends Sam Murray doing so well in the rankings. She started the year off well down but has had a tremendous year and is now at about 280 in both singles and doubles.

"It gives me even more incentive to do well when I see a friend moving up the world rankings like that."

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