USN Bolton Arena Indoor ITF2

For the second successive year, over 60 players from 13 countries lined up for Britain’s second UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour event of the year. Supported by the Tennis Foundation and sponsored by TBS Sports, the ITF 2 Series USN Bolton Arena Indoor, one of nine world ranking events in Britain last season and again this year, was voted Tournament of the Year in the British Wheelchair Tennis Awards for 2014 after a highly impressive inaugural event last year. The tournament was recognised by the Tennis Foundation for being an outstanding tournament organised to the highest standard that also attracted a high quality field in its

The first day of competition saw fellow Brits Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt have a bye first round. Shuker, the 2014 runner-up in Bolton, defeated Diede de Groot of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-1 to end de Groot’s hopes of back-to-back titles after she won the North West Challenge over the weekend. Hunt and Whiley both eased through their opening matches against Deena Webster and Frenchwoman Christine Schoenn.

No. 3 Louise Hunt was in fine form, winning her quarter-final against Emile Chene of France 6-1, 6-0 and then made quick work of defeating Pauline Helouin 6-1, 6-1 in her semi final. World No.17 Hunt teamed up with Germany’s Katharina Kruger to overcome rising British star 14-year-old Luz Esperanza Merry and Dutchwoman Diede De Groot 6-3, 6-1 in the doubles event semi final. The duo then faced Whiley and Shuker in the final after they were awarded a walkover into the final following the withdrawal of Helouin and Frenchwoman Christine Schoenn

In the doubles final Whiley, partnering her 2012 Paralympic bronze medal winning partner Lucy Shuker, defeated Louise Hunt and German Katharina Kruger 6-2 6-4. Unfortunately it was a similar story in the singles for Hunt who bowed out to Whiley in straight sets.

However, Hunt saw upon these matches in a positive light and said ” I was really happy with my performance, I played a competitive game and did well to execute my tactics effectively. I can feel my game getting closer and closer to the top ten players and can’t wait until I’m up there with them. In the doubles my partner and I, Katharina Kruger from Germany reached the final but didn’t manage to pull out our best game on the day. We were disappointed with our performance and lost to the number 1 seeds. However every opportunity and match is a step towards getting better as a pair”

“I would also like to say a big thank you to newest sponsor Imagine cruising for their support, and also DC Injury clinic and Get Kids Going for ensuring I can be in my best form for these events”

Hunt heads off next week for her next two events of the year in the United States, Pensacola Open and Cajun Classic.