Candy clinches British glory

Frances Candy with the trophy she won in Dudley. Picture by Justin Lycett (fh06908)
Frances Candy with the trophy she won in Dudley. Picture by Justin Lycett (fh06908)
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Tennis talent Frances Candy is basking in the glow of winning another national title.

The Rye Tennis Club head coach clinched the women’s over-60s singles at the British Open Seniors Indoor Championships 2014 in Dudley.

Seeded one, Candy - enjoying her first year in the over-60 age group - had a bye in the opening round before whitewashing Jennifer Dilley 6-0, 6-0 in round two.

Her quarter-final against Ann Brown, however, was a good deal tougher. Candy had a real fight against the eighth seeded former Great Britain senior team member before coming through 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a two-and-a-half hour battle featuring a number of long rallies.

Candy cruised through her semi-final against the unseeded Alison Hockey without dropping a game to set up a final showdown against her third seeded Great Britain team-mate Pauline Fisher.

That proved to be another two-hour tussle, but Candy prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to add to the several titles she has won in other age groups.

“It was improving,” said St Leonards-based Candy. “My last competitive match was in April 2013, and you can train and train, but it’s playing matches that gets you really sharp. As the week progressed I was getting into it more and more.”

Candy was seeded two in the women’s doubles, but didn’t get to play a match because partner Sally Freeman withdrew through injury.

Ranked 16th in the world for her age group, Candy is hoping to be selected for the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in October.