Paralympian Hunt retains Cardiff titles

15 October 2012

University of Bath student Louise Hunt retained both her singles and doubles titles at the Cardiff Wheelchair Tennis Tournament at the weekend.

It means Hunt, who made her Paralympic Games debut for Great Britain at London 2012, has now won two singles titles and six doubles titles this year.

In her second tournament since the Games, the British number three opened her women’s singles title defence in the all-British field with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Hertfordshire’s Ella Beaumont and then beat Shropshire-based third seed Valerie Fisher 6-0, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

Hunt went on to win her third straight women’s singles title in Cardiff after beating Sussex’s Lauren Jones in the final for the second successive year, winning eight of the last nine games to take this year’s contest 7-5, 6-1.

Hunt and Jones, both part of the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme, then retained the women’s doubles title, beating Beaumont and Charlotte Moore 6-1, 6-0 in the semi-finals and negotiating a tough final against local South Wales player Debbie Brazier and Fisher 6-3, 6-3.

“It’s been a memorable year, especially after making my Paralympic Games debut in London and Cardiff holds very special memories for me as it’s the tournament where I won my first women’s singles in Britain in a world ranking tournament, so I’m very pleased to have retained both titles once again,” she said.

“I’m now looking forward to next week’s Nottingham Indoor, the last of the British world ranking tournaments this season,” added the Sports Performance student, who graduates in December.

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