Follow the Brits in Asia and Europe, where, Lucy Shuker, Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones have all been in action.
Hunt completed the ITF 2 Polish Open with both the women’s singles and doubles titles. Jones also brought her ITF Futures Series Tournoi d’Antibes challenge to a winning end in France, winning the women’s doubles. Meanwhile, Shuker was runner-up in the women’s singles at the ITF 1 Daegu Open in South Korea.
Daegu Open – Lucy Shuker
Second seed Shuker lost out to Japanese top seed and world No. 2 Yui Kamiji 6-2, 6-2 in the women’s singles final.
Shuker therefore ends her three week tour of Japan and South Korea with runners-up honours at the ITF 1 Series event.
Shuker defeated third seed Katharina Kruger 6-4, 6-2 in her semi-final. Shuker will therefore play Japanese top seed Yui Kamiji for the title.
While the final will be Shuker’s third in Daegu since winning the title in 2012, it will also be her third singles final of 2017.
Shuker moved into the women’s singles semi-finals in Daegu after defeating Ju-Youn Park of South Korea 6-4, 6-1. Second seed and world No.8 Shuker will therefore play German third seed Katharina Kruger for a place in the final.
Runner-up in the women’s doubles at last week’s Korea Open, British No.2 Shuker only plays singles this week in Daegu.
Second seed for her second ITF 1 in a row in South Korea, Shuker beat Thailand’s Wanitha Inthanin 6-0, 6-2 in her opening match.
Polish Open – Louise Hunt wins singles and doubles titles
British No. 3 Hunt claimed her second Polish Open women’s singles title in three years in Plock. The 2015 champion and second seed beat Dutch top seed Michaela Spaabstra 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the final.
Hunt therefore ends the ITF 2 Series event with both singles and doubles titles.
Hunt beat Ladislava Porizkova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-0 in her women’s singles semi-final in Plock.
Second seed Hunt will, therefore, play Dutch top seed Michaela Spaanstra in the final. Hunt bids for her second Polish Open title in three years after victory at the ITF 2 Series event in 2015.
Later in the day Hunt partnered Spaanstra to win the women’s doubles final.
The top seeds wasted little time in wrapping up a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1 victory over Argentinian second seeds Maria Florencia Moreno and Antonella Pralong. As a result, Hunt will leave Poland with her second doubles title of 2017.
With her place in the women’s singles semi-finals secured, Hunt subsequently booked her place in the women’s doubles final on the second day of play in Plock.
Hunt and Dutchwoman Michaela Spannstra, the top seeds, raced to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Poland’s Lucyna Mietrkiewicz and Ladislava Porizkova.
Hunt will now play Porizkova of the Czech Republic in her bid to reach the women’s singles final.
British No.3 Hunt is second seed for the women’s singles at the Polish Open in Plock. Hunt moved into Thursday’s women’s singles semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Argentina’s Antonella Pralong. Hunt therefore plays Ladislava Porizkova of the Czech Republic for a place in the final.
Tournoi d’Antibes – Lauren Jones
Jones won the women’s doubles title with Dutchwoman Donna Jansen on the final day of play in Antibes.
Jones and Jansen beat French duo Zoe Maras and Aurelie Sciara 6-1, 6-4 in the final. The Brit has therefore won a total of four titles in either singles or doubles in her last three tournaments.
Reigning National champion Jones’s singles challenge came to an unfortunate end on the penultimate day of play. At 4-3 up in the deciding set of her semi-final against Frenchwoman Emmanuelle Morch, Jones was hit on the head by her racket while playing a stroke. She subsequently had to withdraw from the match. However, she recovered in time for Sunday’s doubles final.
Caroline MacDonald, who Jones beat in December’s National Championships women’s singles final, finished runner-up to Morch in the singles.
Top seed Jones beat Zoe Maras of France 6-0, 6-1 in her opening women’s singles match in Antibes. Jones will therefore play another Frenchwoman, Emmanuelle Morch, for a place in the final.
She is also into the women’s doubles final. Jones and Donna Jansen of the Netherlands won their opening match against British duo Nicolette Erevik and Charlotte Fairbank 6-1, 6-0.
Jones and Jansen subsequently beat second seeds Gabriela Buehler of Switzerland and Natalja Novikova of Latvia 6-2, 6-2 in the semis. They play Maras and Aurelie Sciara in the final.
Jones won the Sheffield Futures in April and the Albarella Open in May. She is therefore bidding for a hat-trick of women’s singles titles.