Tennis: Thornbury ace Webley-Smith wins tournament in Egypt

Emily Webley-Smith

Emily Webley-Smith

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THORNBURY tennis ace Emily Webley-Smith clinched her first singles title in five years at the Jolie Ville Golf F11 Women's $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh tournament.

The 29-year-old was also a runner-up in the doubles with fellow Brit Laura Deigman.

Webley-Smith, who is currently ranked 416th in the world at singles and 194th in doubles, has now won three ITF singles titles in her career, the previous two both coming in 2009.

The Almondsbury Tennis Club life member came through a tough final with Russian Eugeniya Pashkova, recovering from losing the second set 6-0 to win the decider 6-4 after taking the first set in a tie break (9-7).

It was revenge for Webley-Smith, who lost with Deigman in the doubles final to number one seeds Pashkova and Prarthana Thombare of India the day before.

Webley-Smith, who has played at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2011, had to play the doubles final straight after beating Slovakia’s Zuzana Luknarova 7-6, 6-2 in the singles semi-final.

The number two seed’s route to the final began when she beat Serbia’s Dajana Dukic 6-1, 6-0 before she won 6-4, 6-0 against Theresa Kleinsteuber of Germany in the last 16 and 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 against Vivien Juhaszova in the quarter-final.

Webley-Smith and Deigman were given a bye to the quarter-finals in the doubles before coming through two nail-biting matches to reach the final, beating Nadia Echeverria Alam and Natasha Palha 5-7, 6-3, 12-10, and then Carmen Lopez-Rueda and Alice Savoretti 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.

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