Louise Hunt nets Israel Open singles and doubles titles

Louise Hunt nets Israel Open singles and doubles titles
Louise Hunt of Great Britain.

Louise Hunt claimed the women’s singles and doubles titles at the Israel Open for her first singles title of 2016 and her fourth doubles title of the season.

Meanwhile, David Phillipson finished runner-up in the men’s doubles after he and his partner upset the Dutch second seeds in the semi-finals at the latest successful tournament for players on the Tennis Foundation’s Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme.

British No.3 Hunt clinched her second Israel Open women’s singles title, completing the ITF 2 Series event having beaten both the top seed and the second seed.

Hunt defeated German world No.10 and top seed Katharina Kruger 7-5, 7-5 in the final for her latest career win over a world top ten ranked opponent.

Hunt also partnered Japan’s Miho Nijo to win the women’s doubles after the duo edged two close round-robin matches. Hunt and Nijo evevntually won their first match, which was suspended in the second set on the second day of play, 6-4, 5-7, (10-8) and went on to earn a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Russia’s Polina Shakirova and Venter to seal the title.

Phillipson and Stefanos Diamantis of Greece caused an upset in the men’s doubles semi-finals after beating second seeds Ricky Molier and Maikel Scheffers 6-4, 6-4. Third seeds Phillipson and Diamantis eventually finished runners-up to Japanese top seeds Takuya Miki and Takashi Sanada, who won the decider 6-1, 6-3.

Although beating Molier and Scheffers in the last four of the men’s doubles, Phillipson was unable to find a way past world No.8 Scheffers in the men’s singles, with the Dutchman winning their semi-final 6-3, 6-4.