Storm Hunter (nee Sanders) broke into the world’s prime 10 and gained her first Grand Slam doubles title throughout an impressive 2022 season.
Melbourne, Australia, 8 December 2022 | Leigh Rogers
Storm Hunter loved a career-best season in 2022 and has been rewarded along with her first Newcombe Medal nomination.
“It feels surreal to be nominated for the Newcombe Medal,” stated Hunter (nee Sanders).
“I actually wasn’t anticipating it, nevertheless it actually is the cherry on prime of an ideal yr for me.”
The resilient 28-year-old gained three WTA doubles title to interrupt into the world’s prime 10 throughout 2022, peaking at world No.8 in October. Her triumphs included WTA 500 titles at Adelaide (with Ash Barty) and Berlin (with Czech Katerina Siniakova), in addition to a primary WTA 1000 title at Guadalajara (with Brazil’s Luisa Stefani).
Hunter additionally superior to the Australian Open ladies’s doubles quarterfinals and US Open semifinals alongside American Caroline Dolehide.
The newly married athlete additionally loved blended doubles success as effectively, teaming with fellow Australian John Friends on the US Open to win her first Grand Slam title.
Hunter then completed a momentous season strongly, beating three higher-ranked opponents in singles to assist Australia qualify for the Billie Jean King Cup ultimate.
She is one in all seven nominees for the celebrated Newcombe Medal in 2022, alongside Ash Barty, Alex de Minaur, Matt Ebden, Nick Kyrgios, Max Purcell and Ajla Tomljanovic.
“I really feel very honoured to be thought-about amongst all the opposite nominees, who’ve all had unimaginable years,” stated Hunter.
“It’s arduous to summarise my emotions, however I’m simply immensely happy with myself and my group with the work we’ve got put in to realize what we’ve got achieved. Not simply the outcomes – but in addition the journey we’ve got been on. (There have been) a whole lot of ups and downs, however that’s what makes it extremely worthwhile.”
The winner of the Newcombe Medal will likely be introduced on the Australian Tennis Awards on Monday 12 December.
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