Alexandra Hunter in hat-trick of Junior tennis titles

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Edinburgh’s Alexandra Hunter completed a hat-trick of Scottish Junior tennis titles when she reeled off nine straight games to defeat Bolton’s Olivia Peet 6-4, 6-0 in the under-14 girls’ singles final at Craiglockhart.

Later, Alexandra partnered Anna Loughlan (Cambridge) to the doubles title while Jacob Fearnley and Cameron Bowie, from Edinburgh, won the boys’ under-14 doubles.

Previously champion at under-10 and under-12, Watson’s College pupil Alexandra has gained further encouragement in hoping next year to follow a raft of Scots girls currently competing on the Wimbledon age-group stage.

“Playing in the Wimbledon junior event is my longer-term goal,” said Alexandra, adding: “It’s been great to see Maia Lumsden beating the second seed and, this year, Anastasia Mikheeva will gain a lot of experience from getting a wild card. I am now aiming to follow their example.”

First up, Alexandra will compete in only her second ITF junior tournament, also at Craiglockhart, next week having been rewarded with a wild card.

“My coach Marcel du Coudray has impressed on me the need to be disciplined and impose my own game. That helped against Olivia.”

In coming back from 3-4, Alexandra eventually wore her rival down with relentlessly aggressive ground shots along both wings of the court. Sensing victory, she then mixed up her game with a series of accurate drop shots.

“It was hard playing on centre court in my home city with a lot of people watching. Towards the end I relaxed and got through it,” said Alexandra who was watched by parents Sandra and Charlie.

In adding to success in a tournament at Nottingham this year and victory over the European No.5 at a recent event in Italy, this latest title helps compensate for the disappointment of seeing the Champions of Tennis event cancelled at Raeburn Place where Alexandra had been due to play an exhibition immediately prior to ex-Wimbledon champion John McEnroe on the same court.