THERE was a big shock in the opening evening of senior tennis play at the Huddersfield Open last night.
Ladies’ third seed, Caroline Mount, came a cropper and, like the weather, was forced to take an early shower when she was beaten in straight sets, 6-4 6-2, by Emily Singleton in the 87th staging of the Sellers International-sponsored event.
Mount, who has a rating of 4.1, lost 6-0 6-1 to Maria Kouvatsos in last year’s ladies’ final.
But she will be aiming for some consolation when she teams up with Suzanne Celensu as second seeds in the ladies’ doubles and Mike Tolman in the mixed doubles scheduled for later this week.
In other ladies’ matches at the Edgerton-based venue, Amanda Murray beat Michelle Jliliati 6-0, 6-1, while Kendall Brown overcame Sophie Tucker 6-2 6-1.
Heavy showers during the day affected some of the junior matches as Huddersfield Lawn Tennis and Squash Club can once again proudly boast that their tournament has been granted Grand Prix status by the Lawn Tennis Association.
Junior action, featuring some of the best young burgeoning players in the country, continues throughout the day with seniors on court from 6.30.