Taylor claims third title of 2018

Britain’s Gabriella Taylor continued her incredible start to 2018 with a third title, this time at the Mildura Grand International.

Taylor needed just 62 minutes to defeat second seed Sherazad Reix 6-0 6-3 in another display of dominance in Australia. The British number four won an impressive 77% of her first service points and broke her French opponent six times.

Mildura is Taylor’s fourth ITF 25k title in her last five tournaments in a run that has seen her lose just one of her last 22 singles matches on the ITF tour. The victory in Mildura is Taylor’s first on grass, and will see the Brit continue to push towards the top 100.

Taylor, who earlier in the week won the doubles title with Katy Dunne, dropped just one set en route to the title – incidentally to her doubles partner in the semi final. Her run in Australia will see her achieve another new career high ranking to around 173 and perhaps provide an unlikely route into qualifying for the French Open in May.

The form of Taylor will also provide a welcome headache for Anne Keothavong, who will be keeping a close eye on the in-form player ahead of Britain’s crucial Fed Cup play-off against Japan. With Jo Konta, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Katie Boulter all struggling for form this year, selecting Taylor would look a sensible, if not bold, decision from the captain.

These titles have also surely guaranteed Taylor’s passage to a Wimbledon wild card. She was voted GB Player of the Month for February in The Big Racket’s inaugural vote, after winning titles in Launceston and Perth.

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