Lauren Jones and Louise Hunt were the latest Brits to bid for UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour success when they contested this week’s ITF 3 Biel-Bienne Indoor in Switzerland. Hunt won her first title of the season with victory in the women’s doubles partnering Italy’s Giulia Capocci.
Top seeds Hunt and Capocci defeated second seeds Nalani Buob of Switzerland and Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday’s women’s doubles final as Hunt claimed her first title of 2018 and her second Biel-Bienne Indoor doubles title since 2013.
— Louise Hunt (@LouiseHunt1) March 11, 2018
Louise Hunt will contest her third Biel-Bienne Indoor women’s doubles final and her second doubles final of 2018 on Sunday’s last day of this year’s ITF 3 event.
Hunt and Italy’s Giulia Capocci beat Lauren Jones and Maria Florencia Moreno 6-2, 6-1 in Saturday’s semi-final featuring both Brits. Hunt will now bid to win the doubles crown in Switzerland for the second time after previously winning in 2013. Top seeds Hunt and Capocci face second seeds Nalani Buob of Switzerland and Michaela Spaanstra in the final.
However, Dutch top seed Spaanstra ended Hunt’s singles campaign, winning their semi-final 6-3, 6-1.
Louise Hunt’s maintained her challenge for a place in a third Biel-Bienne women’s singles final, while Hunt and Lauren Jones have guaranteed that there will be a Brit in Sunday’s women’s doubles final.
Third seed Hunt, a singles finalist at the Swiss tournament in both 2011 and 2013, beat the host nation’s Gabriela Buehler 6-2, 6-2 to book her place in the last four against Dutch top seed Michaela Spaanstra. Spaanstra quashed hopes of an all-British singles semi after defeating Lauren Jones 6-0, 6-3.
But Hunt and Jones will go head-to head in the women’s doubles semis. Top seeds Hunt and Giulia Capocci and Jones and her Argentinian partner Maria Florencia both recorded 6-0, 6-1 quarter-final wins to ensure that a Brit will line up in the final on Sunday.
Hunt and Capocci beat the all-Swiss partnership of Buehler and Angela Grosswiler in the last four, with Jones and Moreno also dominating their last eight contest against the Swiss-French partnership of Annabelle Ribeaud and Juliette Watine.
Jones and Hunt go into Friday’s second day of the Biel-Bienne ITF 3 just one match away in singles and doubles from meeting in two semi-finals.
Both Brits raced through their opening singles matches, Jones defeating Swiss player Annabelle Ribeaud 6-0, 6-0 to set up a quarter-final against top seed and recent Preston Indoor finalist Michaela Spaanstra of the Netherlands.
Third seed Hunt meets Gabriela Buehler of Switzerland in the last eight after beating Charlotte Fairbank of France 6-0, 6-2. Should Jones and Hunt both win then they would meet each other for a place in the final.
Later in the day on Friday Hunt and Italy’s Giulia Capocci face Swiss duo Buehler and Angela Grosswiler in their opening women’s doubles match. Jones partners Maria Florencia Moreno in the doubles and the duo open their campaign with a quart-final against Ribeaud and Juliette Watine of France.
Jones comes into the event having won three singles titles and four doubles titles in 2017. She began 2018 by winning the women’s doubles title at Preston Indoor. Hunt was on the opposite side of the net in that doubles final in Preston and the two-time Paralympian returns to Biel-Bienne after first reaching the women’s doubles final at the Swiss event in 2009 before reaching the women’s singles final in 2011. Hunt reached the singles final again and won the women’s doubles title in 2013.
This years’s tournament sees Jones and Hunt in the same half of the women’s singles draw. Jones plays Annabelle Ribeaud of Switzerland in Thursday’s first round, with third seed Hunt meeting Charlotte Fairbank of France.