British tennis ‘has a bright future’

By Jerome Butcher & Martin Caparrotta
19-year-old Brit Jade Windley

19-year-old British starlet Jade Windley

Tennis starlet Jade Windley thinks that British tennis has a brighter future than many people would have you believe.

With all eyes on Flushing Meadows and British hopes relying fully on world number two Andy Murray at the US Open, the rising stars of British tennis were competing in the LTA AEGON Pro-Series Cumberland tournament in north London. The level of tennis on display was very good, especially given the terribly windy conditions.

19-year-old Windley came out on top of an all-British affair in the semi-finals of the tournament, beating Lisa Whybourn in straight sets to set up an encounter with another young British prospect, 18-year-old Joceyln Rae who is also Jade’s doubles partner.

Windley, who is currently ranked at 743 in the world, thinks that the women’s side of the game in Britain has a lot of promise and is backing Andy Murray to go all the way in New York.

The Sport Review caught up with Jade following her semi-final victory.

What do you think of the current state of British tennis?
“I think the women’s side of British tennis has quite a bright future. There’s quite a few young girls coming up, obviously Laura Robson in particular and overall I think it’s alright.

“The LTA could perhaps try to look elsewhere rather than just the National Tennis Centre, but apart from that I think it’s good.”

What has been the highlight of your playing career to date?
“I think probably playing Junior Wimbledon two years in a row. I won a few rounds there so that was nice.”

Do you look up to any tennis players on the circuit, or has anyone in particular inspired you?
“I used to be inspired a lot by Justine Henin. She’s about my height so I just tried to copy her!”

You’re playing in the final here tomorrow…
Yes, I’ll actually be playing against my doubles partner Joceyln Rae – we’ve got to play in the doubles final later today actually!

Finally, who do you think will win this year’s US Open?
“Definitely Andy Murray, and I want to say Kim Clijsters just because she’s an outsider. I’ll go for her – that’s who my money’s on.”

British tennis prospect Lisa Whybourn

British tennis prospect Lisa Whybourn


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