28 Apr 2013

Hewett and Lauro secure titles in Madrid

Match Report

Marianna Lauro (ITA)

Great Britain's Alfie Hewett and Marianna Lauro of Italy have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Open International Fundacion Emilio Sanchez Vicario, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Madrid.

Fifteen-year-old Hewett, the world No. 1 ranked junior, won the second ITF 3 Series title of his career after upsetting French top seed Lahcen Majdi in Sunday's men's singles final. Second seed Hewett beat the former world No. 11 in straight sets 64 61 to add the singles title to the doubles title he won the day before with Rody de Bie (NED).

Top seed Lauro claimed her third women’s singles title of 2013 on Saturday in a thrilling final against Britain’s Louise Hunt.

Before Saturday’s women’s singles final in Madrid, Lauro had only dropped one set in her previous three matches against Hun and in their last contest, in the final of the Biel-Bienne Indoors in March, she had won 63 64. However, Hunt got closer to beating Lauro than ever before as she came from 5-2 down in the final set and saved two match points.

Nevertheless, Lauro dominated the final set tiebreak to seal a tense 63 26 76(1) victory and remain in unbeaten in eight matches this season after winning the Biel-Bienne Indoors in Switzerland and the Alpi del Mare in Italy, both also ITF 3 Series events.

Hewett, the two-time Cruyff Foundation Junior Masters champion, clinched his fifth doubles crown in five tournaments this season after partnering de Bie to win their third title in five tournaments together. Hewett and de Bie upset French top seeds Sebastien Husser and Majdi 75 64 in the Madrid final.