India Sanders reaches tennis doubles final in Algeria
Bath teenage tennis ace India Sanders teamed up with Italy’s Federica Gardella to reach the under-18s doubles final at the ITF/CAT North Africa Circuit event in Tlemcen, Algeria.
They lost 6-4 in the first set of their opening match against home sisters Nhed and Sanaa Benkaddour but won the second by the same score before taking the decisive tie-break 10-6.
Algerian Saadia Belhadj and Olla Mourad from Qatar were then dispatched for the loss of just two games before, in incredibly windy conditions, Sanders and Gardella battled back from 5-2 down to beat second seeds Farah Baklouti and Chiraz Bechri of Tunisia 7-6 4-6 10-7.
Predicted rain meant the final was brought forward 24 hours, meaning the Anglo-Italian pairing only had a short break before facing top seeds Ines Ibbou of Algeria and Morocco’s Ghita Nassik.
They lost the first set 6-1 but battled back brilliantly to take the second 6-3, only to lose the tie-break 10-1 and have to settle for the runners-up spot.
Sanders is currently working with Bathampton athletics coach Dan Cossins on her strength and conditioning, while training and studying for A-levels at Millfield.
She is an ambassador for Sweaty Betty, a UK retailer specialising in sports clothing for women, and is also sponsored by tennis equipment manufacturer Prince.