Gabriella Taylor stuns field in Launceston to take title

Gabriella Taylor got her year off to a fantastic start by winning her third ITF 25k title in Launceston, beating fourth seed Asia Muhammad 6-3 6-4 in the final.

Taylor defeated three seeds to take the title, with Priscilla Hon and Myrtille Georges falling earlier in the tournament, and didn’t drop a single set en route to the final. She defeated Muhammad in just under 90 minutes in yet another straight sets win.

The victory will push Taylor to a new career high in next week’s rankings, where she will also leapfrog Katy Dunne as the new British number six. It also continues her impressive unbeaten run on the ITF circuit, which stretches to 10 matches after winning the 25k title in Mumbai at the end of 2017. Notably, this run has also seen Taylor drop just two sets – both in India.

News from down under will certainly impress the Wimbledon organisers, who will surely consider Taylor for a wild card to make her main draw debut. Taylor, who was famously ‘poisoned’ in the 2016 Girls’ singles, has certainly earned her place among Britain’s top hopes for future success.

Last year she took two ITF 25k titles, one in India and the second in South Korea, but her title in Australia this week is perhaps her most impressive. As the fields become stronger in ITF 25k events, it’s important for Taylor to take her opportunities and impress, and with results against higher seeds coming naturally, the future is looking bright for the 19 year-old.

She will now head to Perth to take part in another 25k event, alongside Katy Dunne and Laura Robson. If she continues her impressive form, there’s no reason why she won’t be a top 200 player by the time the British grass season comes rolling by.

Gabriella Taylor
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