Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones brought British interest in the 2018 Sion Indoor to a victorious conclusion on Saturday after winning their fifth career women’s doubles title together.
The top-seeded Brits faced two doubles matches in a day as they reached their first final since 2016 as partnership after beating Annabellie Ribeaud of Switzerland and Louise Willierslev-Olsen of Denmark 6-0, 6-0.
Before arriving in Switzerland for the ITF 3 Series evet Hunt and Jones had last paired up when helping Great Britain to win the World Team Cup women’s bronze medal in early June. They extended their record for the season to five matches unbeaten after a tense final in Sion, eventually defeating Switzerland’s Nalani Buob and Emmanuelle Morch of France 6-4, 4-6, (10-5) in a deciding match tie-break.
Doubles winner here at the #sionindoor tournament in #switzerland🇨🇭 Thanks @laurenspjones for some great matches! Next stop Bath indoors in just over a week #wheelchairtennis pic.twitter.com/byMGx61c4J
— Louise Hunt (@LouiseHunt1) October 28, 2018
While the day ended with back-to-back doubles match wins for Hunt it had started with the current British No.2 putting up a fine effort against German top seed and world No.9 Katharina Kruger in their women’s singles semi-final. However, Kruger, just had the edge to progress to the final 6-4, 7-6(6).
Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones maintain Brit hopes of title success going into the last two days of the 2018 Sion Indoor after reaching the women’s singles and doubles semi-finals between them.
Third seed Hunt faces German top seed Katharina Kruger in a singles semi-final for the first time this year after securing a 6-3, 6-3 victory over French seventh seed Charlotte Fairbank in the last eight in Sion.
Pairing up for the first time since helping Great Britain to win the bronze medal in the women’s event at the 2018 World Team Cup, Hunt and Jones made a confident start to the women’s doubles when the top seeds beat Swiss duo Gabriela Buehler and Angela Grosswiler 6-1, 6-2. Buehler and Grosswiler had earlier ended the doubles campaign of Britain’s Corenelia Oosthuizen.
Next for Hunt and Jones is a semi-final against the Swiss-Danish partnership of Annabelle Ribeaud and Louise Willerslev-Olsen.
However, Dermot Bailey’s men’s singles and doubles campaigns both ended in last eight matches against top seed opposition.
After bowing out of the singles to Dutchman Tom Egberink 6-3, 6-0, Bailey also had Egberink on the other side of the net in the doubles quarter-finals, too, with Bailey and Sebastien Husser of France losing out to Egberink and his French partner Frederic Cattaneo.
Steve Crompton’s second draw singles challenge ended in a 6-2, 6-0 loss to Switzerland’s Stefan Poth, with Crompton also going down to a first round doubles defeat.
Dermot Bailey, Louise Hunt, Lauren Jones and Cornelia Oosthuizen contest the men’s and women’s main draw events at this week’s Sion Indoor ITF 3 Series in Switzerland, where Bailey and Hunt won through to the men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals on the first day of play.
Bailey plays Dutch top seed Tom Egberink in Friday’s men’s singles quarter-finals after easing through his opening men’s singles match against Herbert Keller 6-1, 6-0.
Women’s singles third seed Hunt plays French seventh Charlotte Fairbank for a semi-final berth after Thursday’s first day of play saw the completion of two rounds of women’s matches.
Reigning National champion Jones returned to international competition for the first time since July’s British Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Denmark’s Louise Willerslev-Olsen. With Hunt having had a first round bye, an all-Brit second round match brought a close contest but it was Hunt who had the edge to advance to the last eight.
With the 2018 Invictus Games currently taking place in Sydney, 2017 Invictus Games medallist Oosthuizen also made a winning start in Sion, defeating Laurence Maisonnave of France 6-1, 6-3. However, Oosthuizen’s singles campaign came to an end later in the day against top seed Katharina Kruger after the German advanced 6-1, 6-2.
The doubles events get underway on Friday and after meeting in the singles quarter-finals, Bailey also faces Ebgerink for a place in the doubles semi-finals. Bailey and Sebastien Husser of France meet top seeds Frederic Cattaneo and Egberink.
Hunt and Jones are top seeds for the women’s doubles and after a first round bye they will play either Ossthuizen and her Dutch partner Wendi Schutte or the Swiss pairing of Gabriela Buehler and Angela Grosswiler.
Thursday’s first day of play also brought a British winner in the men’s second draw singles after Steve Crompton beat Job Brenlla 6-1, 6-1. In a largely Swiss draw Crompton now plays Stefan Poth for a place in the semi-finals.