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TENNIS: Wanborough's Hunt is at the double
WHEELCHAIR tennis star Louise Hunt heads into today’s Nottingham Indoor Tournament in fine form after securing singles and doubles titles at the Wrexham Wheelchair Tournament.
The British number three claimed the singles for the fourth successive year, having won the corresponding title in Cardiff in three previous years.
At the last world ranking tournament of 2013, Hunt dropped just two games en route to Sunday’s final at Wrexham Tennis Centre.
There she met Worthing’s Lauren Jones as both players made the final for the third year in a row.
After dropping the opening set, Hunt raced through the second and third sets for the loss of just one game as she completed a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Hunt and Jones justified their top seeding in the women’s doubles as they were unbeaten in their round-robin matches.
It was their third successive doubles title together at the only NEC Tour event currently held in Wales.
“I’m very pleased to come away with the singles and doubles titles again,” said Hunt.
“Wales has been very kind to me in recent years. This is my fourth successive singles title in Wales and I’ve now won the women’s doubles six years in succession with various partners.
“I don’t think I was playing my best in the singles final and I’ve played better in matches against top 10 opposition this year.
“So it’s a while since I’ve been in that situation and I was pleased with my mental application to get me through it.”
Hunt reached the women’s singles semi-finals in Nottingham last year and won the women’s doubles, partnering Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrock.
“I’m really looking forward to Nottingham,” said Hunt. “Me and Sabine will be out to defend our doubles titles.”
The Wanborough ace recently went back to Commonweal School where she was a pupil, to meet staff and pupils.
She added: “It was lovely to go back and see some of my old teacher and to hopefully inspire some of the pupils.
“I went back to Commonweal in my role as an ambassador for a body that represents the interests of young disabled people and it was really nice to be able to share my experiences.”
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