Katy Dunne has been named The Bucks Herald Sports Personality of the Month for January after her brilliant performance at the Junior Australian Open.
Despite only just returning from injury, the Halton Tennis Centre ace, 17, progressed to the third round in Melbourne after beating Giulia Pairone and Hong Kong’s Katherine Ip.
British Fed Cup captain Judy Murray, mother of British superstar Andy, watched Dunne excel in the searing Austrailian heat. So good was her first round performance she reduced Pairone to tears.
She was eventually knocked out by Russian Elizaveta Kulichkova. But Dunne’s progress was all the more satisfying as she had been battling with hip flexor and groin injuries.
Turning 18 next month, 2013 is seen as a transitional year for the youngster who is targeting a spot in the top 700 of the Women’s Tennis Association.
Dunne said she was honoured to received the award and was full of praise for Halton.
“I have to thank The Bucks Herald for the award and thank you to Halton and the coaches for all their help,” she said.
“I’m really grateful and really excited because this year I’ll be contesting for Grand Slams and hopefully I can get a good ranking this year.”
Dunne wins a months’ free membership at award sponsors Nuffield Gym as well as a free sports massage. She will also go through to the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year public vote. Nuffield boss Richard Whitaker said: “Well done to Katy and we look forward to welcoming her at the gym.”