WHEELCHAIR TENNIS: Hunt claims French title
6:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Latest News
WANBOROUGH’S Louise Hunt has moved up one place in both the women’s singles and doubles rankings after claiming her latest international wheelchair tennis title at the Open de L’Ile de Re in France over the weekend.
The British number three, who was playing in her first tournament since July’s British Open after a two-month training block, partnered Germany’s Katharina Kruger to victory in the women’s doubles in France as the duo claimed their second title together in three tournaments since 2010.
Hunt and Kruger dropped just three games in two matches en route to the final and then defeated Emilie Chene of France and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-4, adding to the Bavarian Indoor title they won in Germany in March 2012.
Hunt and Kruger have only one loss on their record, after finishing runners-up in the German Open in 2010, with Hunt moving up to number 14 in this week’s women’s doubles rankings.
London 2012 Paralympian Hunt opened her singles and doubles challenges in France without dropping a game in either of her first round matches.
However, the Wiltshire third seed was stretched to a third and deciding set by Spaanstra in the women’s singles quarter-finals before eventually prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and she then raced through the opening set of her semi-final 6-0.
French second seed Charlotte Famin eventually ended Hunt’s hopes of a place in the singles final against Kruger after recovering for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory, but Hunt still returns to the world’s top 20 this week.
“After not playing since the British Open it was a good introduction back into tournament play, although it was disappointing not to hold on in my singles semi after such a good start,” said Hunt, who is in action at the Sardinia Open this week.
“I’d like to say thank you to Katharina for this week. We’ve got a good record together and I’m very happy with the doubles win, as that’s now my fourth doubles title of the year.”
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