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Bath | De Groot does the Bath double…..again

Bath | De Groot does the Bath double…..again
© Gemma-Louise Stevenson

Diede De Groot added the singles title to the doubles one she won alongside Lucy Shuker just the day before on the final day at Bath Indoor.

It feels really good and I think a lot of it’s been in the preparation.

Diede De Groot

It saw the World number two successfully defend her 2016 singles title, defeating second seed Sabine Ellerbrock in straights sets 6-1 6-2.

De Groot said: “It feels really good and I think a lot of it’s been in the preparation.

“I’ve had six weeks back at home so that’s been really nice to calm down and have a little down time.

“But now after six weeks I’m like ‘yeah I’m ready to go again’ and that’s why the win feels good.’

In the first set we saw De Groot showcase some of her trademark shots and patterns of play and make it look effortless.

Even though to perform as consistently and to such a high standard as the Dutch dynamo has done and to get past the top players in the way that she has in 2017 requires her to put a huge amount of work in during matches and on the training court.

She said lightheartedly: “It’s not effortless I promise. I just really like to finish the point as soon as possible but even it comes to a rally I’m OK.

“The first set went well. I played my own game and my serve was going well.”


Sabine finished with runners-up honours

Diede and Sabine final

© Gemma-Louise Stevenson

In the second set Ellerbrock began to step up her game, bringing out her famous skill when it comes to the drop shot and forcing De Groot to play much longer rallies.

And she was serving well too and at 5-1 down in the second set managed to keep her match alive for one more game taking it to 5-2 and forcing to De Groot to serve it out, which of course she did.

De Groot continued: “Sabine’s serve was a lot more efficient in the second set and she hit a few aces so I had to work for it.”

The win means that, with the tournament in it’s second year, nobody has yet beaten the 2017 Wimbledon champion in Bath in either singles or doubles.

She said smiling: “That feels good and it feels like I should come back next year to see if I can keep it.

“I really enjoy playing here so I hope I can come back.”

About The Author

Gemma-Louise Stevenson

Gemma is a journalist, presenter and commentator with specialisms in para-sport and tennis. She has been following the wheelchair tennis tour for a number of years now reporting from some of the major events, including Grand Slams, for various online, print and broadcast outlets, including the BBC. Gemma has also been commissioned to write a number of books on the sport. It is her ultimate ambition to see the wheelchair, VI, deaf and learning disability versions of the game reported equally and alongside the ATP and WTA tours and to be part of the group of journalists that helps to make that happen. Follow her on Twitter @gstevensonsport

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