Britain’s Katy Dunne was unable to cap off an excellent birthday week after losing to Russia’s Irina Khromacheva 6-2 6-3 in the final of the Perth Tennis International.
Victory would’ve capped a fine week for Dunne, who defeated Laura Robson, Myrtle Georges and top seed Eri Hozumi earlier in the tournament. Second seed Khromacheva proved too strong for Dunne, serving well and not facing a single break point on serve. Dunne, who turned 23 earlier in the week, is still yet to win a title beyond 15k and a victory on Sunday would’ve been her best title to date.
Dunno started the year with round one defeats in Burnie (60k) and Launceston (25k), but she will be looking to build on this successful week in Perth. Her performances against Hozumi and Georges showed the skill and ability Dunne has in her locker as she looks to break into the top 250 for the first time.
Her next tournament will be the Perth Tennis International 2, where she faces 4th seed Miharu Imanishi. Gabriella Taylor and Laura Robson will joining Katy in Perth, with both showing good form last week. Taylor faces a qualifier in round one, while Robson takes on wild card Isabella Bozicevic.
Naomi Broady fails in Budapest qualifying bid
British number three Naomi Broady’s disappointing year continued in Budapest, where she lost 6-3 5-7 3-6 against Georgina Garcia Perez in the first qualifying round at the Hungarian Ladies Open.
Despite hitting nine aces and taking the first set comfortably, Broady was unable to take the second set to a tie break. She also had chances in the final set, but failed to make the most of her four break points at 3-3. After missing this chance, Broady won just three points in the next two games as the Spaniard raced through to the final qualifying round.
Defeat in Hungary is Broady’s fourth successive loss and will need to pick up her form if she is to maintain her place among the women’s elite.
Elsewhere on the WTA circuit, Eden Silva was unable to make the most out of her surprise wild card at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, losing 6-1 6-3 to Zarina Diyas in the first qualifying round.
In Germany, Brits Harriet Dart and Sarah Beth Gray are both one match away from qualifying for the main draw at the 25k event in Altenkirchen. Dart faces the experienced Akgul Amanmuradova, while Gray will take on Belgian Marie Benoit, after the Brit surprising defeated Sofia Shapatava.