Halton ace keeps top 10 place after bowing out of Roland Garros

Katy Dunne
Katy Dunne

Halton Tennis Club’s jewel in the crown Katy Dunne maintained her place in the top 10 of the junior world rankings after bowing out of Roland Garros at the weekend.

Having reached No. 9 in the ITF 18 & Under World Rankings, Dunne was seeded No. 7 at Roland Garros for the French Junior Grand Slam.

She came through her first round match without a hitch, winning 6-2, 6-2 against Croatian Adrjana Lekaj and then faced clay court specialist Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain – who is ranked 357th in the world on the women’s tour.

Dunne gave a great account of herself in the match but lost in three very close sets 5-7, 7-5, 3-6.

Her coach at Halton Pete Thorne said she had performed admirably on her French Open debut.

“Katy had a very composed debut with a convincing win in the first round,” Thorne said.

“Her second round match was a very high standard throughout. Katy has had a good clay court season and her rise to No. 9 in the world juniors and 970 in the world seniors will give her confidence as she prepares for the grass court season.”

For Dunne it was a memorable first time at the famous event which she described as ‘amazing’.