TWO Devon tennis players are representing Team GBR at the World University Games (WUGs) in Taipei, hoping to add to the two medals the team won last time out.
University of Bath’s Emma Hurst was British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) singles champion in 2016 and has carried this good form into the year, making it into the main draw of several tournaments on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Circuit. Hurst’s most recent outing was at Chiswick, where she partnered Japan’s Yuriko Miyazaki to the last 16 of the doubles.
Exmouth’s Jack Findel-Hawkins, a student at University of North Florida, closed out last season ranked No.14 in doubles in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) while also being named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and advancing to the NCAA singles quarter-finals. He was also previously ranked No.1 in the UK at under-16 and under-18 levels.
Hurst got of to a flying start in Taipei defeating Madawee Liyanage (Sri Lanka), 6-0, 6-0, and followed that up with a win over No.15 seed Alexandra Grinchishina (Kazakhstan), 6-4, 6-3. She then lost to the No.4 seed and World No.279 Ya-Hsuan Lee in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, Findel-Hawkins was accounting comfortably for Australia’s Nicholas Horton in his first match before going down to the 14th seed Matej Vocel (Czech Republic), 6-4, 7-6, in the next round.