LAUREN JONES posted evidence of her bright future in the sport of wheelchair tennis by winning three titles at the National Championships.
The 15-year-old, from Worthing’s, triumphs included her first junior and senior national titles.
Jones, competing in her second National Championships, won the junior girls’ singles title, the women’s doubles national title and the women’s B division singles in four days at Oxstalls Indoor Tennis Centre, in Gloucester.
Jones won both her matches in the Lord’s Taverners junior girls singles 6-3, to improve on her semi-final berth in the event in 2010, but had to be content with runners-up honours in the mixed-sex junior doubles.
Jones overcame first match nerves to win her opening match in the women’s B division singles 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1, before going on to justify her top seeding with two subsequent straight sets victories.
She then became one of the youngest players to win a senior main draw National Championships title when pairing up with the British Number Two Jordanne Whiley, to win the women’s doubles after 6-2, 6-1 victory over the top seeds, Shropshire’s Val Fisher and Wiltshire’s Louise Hunt.
The former talented football player, who took up wheelchair tennis after breaking her back in 2009, said: “I felt quite comfortable in the junior singles and after a bit of a nightmare start the B division, I managed to come through to win that and it’s been a great weekend.
“Playing doubles with Jordanne was brilliant. She’s amazing and has load of experience, so if I played a bad shot she told me what I did wrong, so I can learn from that for the future.”
Jones is now looking to the international stage at the British Open, in Nottingham, in July, while she is also hoping to earn qualification for the 2016 Paralympics