Wanborough’s Louise Hunt and Swindon’s Lynn Broughton secured a Wiltshire double at the British Wheelchair Tennis Championships and Tennis Foundation Development Series Finals.
British No. 3 Hunt secured her fifth National women’s doubles title and Broughton won the women’s singles in the Development Series Finals.
Hunt had a memorable British Championships and after starting her campaign with a 6-0, 6-0 win over British No. 4 Lauren Jones she went on to take her first ever set of tennis off fellow London 2012 Paralympian Lucy Shuker in Saturday’s semi-finals.
Hunt, the 2011 British Championships runner-up, came to within just two games of beating world No. 8 Shuker as she won a set against a world top 10 ranked opponent for the first time in her career.
However, British No. 2 Shuker eventually managed to hold on for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory before beating current British No. 1 Jordanne Whiley in Sunday’s final to become British champion for the fourth time.
Before this year Hunt had already won three of her national women’s doubles titles partnering Whiley, but her first national title came in 2006 partnering Shuker and the duo reformed to justify top seeding this year.
After a 6-0, 6-0 win over Debbie Brazier and Val Fisher, Hunt and Shuker went head-to-head with 2011 champions and second seeds Jones and Whiley in Sunday’s title decider and dominated the majority of the match for a 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, so I’m very happy with myself and will go into Christmas and all my upcoming training with a renewed belief and energy,” said Hunt, who now files to Ghana this week to be a player ambassador for the International Tennis Federation’s Wheelchair Tennis Development Fund.
“I love playing doubles, anyway, and whether it’s with Lucy or Jordanne we always have a lot of fun and I play well together with both ladies, so I’m sure there will be more opportunities to play with both of them in the future.”
While Hunt continues to make progress as a part of the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, nearer the other end of the player pathway Broughton demonstrated that she is one to watch in the coming season after winning all four of her round-robin matches in the Tennis Foundation Development Series Finals.
With the first set 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 continued to dominate her latest competition and won each of her first three matches without dropping a game before a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Devon’s Sarah Gaisford in her final match on Sunday.
Pictured: Louise Hunt (right) and Lucy Shuker with their women’s doubles trophy at the British Wheelchair Tennis Championships;
Lynn Broughton receives her Development Series Finals trophy from Geoff Newton, Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation (left) and Sir Geoffrey Cass, President of the Tennis Foundation