Baltacha powers to second tennis triumph in Jersey

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The 24-year-old, world ranked 164, moved her opponent around the court and placed the ball well to take early and then continuous breaks in the first set.

Immediately breaking in the first game of the second set, Baltacha never looked like she would lose and despite spurts of consistency from Vrljic, unforced errors often hampered the Croatian’s game.

Strong returns on the world number 283’s serve ensured Baltacha, who won a $25,000 Jersey event in 2005, wrapped up the game in straight sets in front of a good crowd.

‘I’ve changed coaches recently and I definitely feel much stronger,’ said Baltacha.

‘I’m playing much better and really love my tennis at the moment. I feel like this is the start of something very exciting, I know I’m on to something good – fingers crossed, hopefully this will be my year.

‘It’s difficult to say if this is the right level of tournament for me to play in because I think it depends on who enters. I haven’t had an easy tournament at all but I’ve always played good tennis here and I felt I played really well today and yesterday although my first three matches weren’t great.’

In the ladies’ doubles, the American pairing of Courtney Nagle and Robin Stephenson, the No 2 seeds, were too strong for the French girls as they won the final 6-3 6-3.

In the men’s F5 Futures $10,000 Caversham International, Poland’s Dawid Olejniczak, the No 2 seed, beat Martin Pederson, the No 7, 6-2, 6-3 to win in his second ITF final in the Island.

Germany’s Ralph Grambow and Britain’s Ken Skupski beat Neil Bamford and Joshua Goodall (GBR) 7-6, 6-3 in the men’s doubles final.

Tournament organiser, Hugh Raymond said: ‘It’s been a great week and has been one of the best tournaments so far with players, coaches and officials all pleased with the venue and facilities.

‘Now in November we have our first ATP men’s $50,000 tournament which will attract players ranked between 50-150 in the world and the year after we could be in line to host even bigger events.’

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