The North West challenege is the fist international British event of 2015 and this year had a stellar field of competitions. “The first event of the year always makes me a bit nervous, as it’s such a long break over the Christmas period you become really eager to play a tournament and put all your hard training into practice, but this event is such a good one and is organised incredibly well, that I always look forward to it” said Hunt
Louise entered the tournament as top seed in the women’s singles, therefore receiving a bye into the last eight. She then enjoyed a straight sets win against Denmark’s Louise Wilersley-Ollsen, 6-0 6-0. In the semi final of the singles Hunt then eased passed Christine Schoenn from France to reach the final against tough competition De Groot. The girls head to heads before the event were 1:1 so it always promised to be an exciting match.
However Diede De Groot denied a British double in the men and women’s singles when she edged out top seed Louise Hunt 7-6, 6-3, thereby ending 2011 champion Hunt’s bid for a second North West Challenge title. De Groot’s seventh senior singles title saw her end the tournament with both singles and doubles titles, while Hunt finished runner-up in the doubles event with fellow British player Merry.
Louise said “Unfortunately it was not my day, but we had a great match and Diede played really well, I’m happy with my performance. It’s always of course disappointing when you loose but if you’ve put in 100% and played well, sometimes you just have to accept your opponent had a better day than you. I was really happy to play doubles with Esperanza Merry, a young up and coming player and good friend. It was a pleasure to play with her and look forward to developing a stronger doubles relationship with her in the future”