WHEELCHAIR TENNIS: Hunt's doubles delight
6:00am Saturday 7th December 2013 in Sport
LOUISE Hunt’s singles disappointment at the British Wheelchair Tennis Championships was tempered by the joy of a fifth national women’s doubles title.
The Wanborough ace began her singles campaign with a 6-0, 6-0 win over British number four Lauren Jones, before running fellow London 2012 Paralympian Lucy Shuker close in the semis.
Taking her first-ever set off a player in the world’s top 10, Hunt was edged out 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 by the tournament’s eventual winner.
However, redemption arrived in the doubles where Hunt partnered Shuker, who the Wiltshire star won her first national title with in 2006 prior to three doubles triumphs with Jordanne Whiley.
After a 6-0, 6-0 win over Debbie Brazier and Val Fisher, top seeds Hunt and Shuker went head-to-head with 2011 champions Jones and Whiley in the final and secured a thumping 6-0, 6-2 victory.
“It’s such a great way to end 2013, winning my first set off a top 10 player and collecting another national title,” said Hunt.
“I’m very happy with myself and will go into Christmas and all my upcoming training with a renewed belief and energy.
“I love playing doubles and whether it’s with Lucy or Jordanne we always have a lot of fun and I play well together with both ladies.”
While Hunt continues to progress as a part of the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, at the other end of the player pathway, Lynn Broughton has demonstrated that she is one to watch.
The Swindonian won all four of her round-robin matches at the Tennis Foundation Development Series Finals.
With the first group of round-robin matches played as short sets, Broughton won both her matches 4-0, 4-0.
Having only previously played one Development Series tournament in Shrewsbury this year, she dominated her latest competition and won her first three matches without dropping a game.
Broughton secured a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Devon’s Sarah Gaisford in her final match.
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