Glushko lifts both trophies at WIPHOLD International Tournament

tennis24 February 2024 14:55
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Lina Glushko © Barco Greeff

Lina Glushko wrapped up a spectacular all-round effort on Saturday, with the Israeli player winning the singles and doubles titles at the WIPHOLD International tournament in Pretoria.

Glushko had to work hard against French opponent Manon Leonard in the singles final, but she emerged triumphant, taking a 6-3 7-5 victory.

In the doubles final, she paired up with Gabrielle Knutson of the Czech Republic as they stunned No 3 seeds Sofia Costoulas and Hanne Vandewinkel of Belgium, earning a narrow 7-6(5) 7-6(4) win.

After reaching the final in Pretoria in 2022 and 2023, Glushko was delighted to secure her first titles in South Africa's capital city.

"I'm so happy to win both titles in singles and doubles. It was a perfect week for me and I'm so overwhelmed," Glushko said.

Glushko is set to turn out again next week at the second of two successive ITF World Tennis Tour W50 women's tournaments being held in Pretoria.

She was not getting ahead of herself, however, because she was starting from scratch as she geared up for another tough battle in the challenge for trophies and lucrative prize money.

"Next week I'm starting from zero. That's the thing in tennis. After winning a title, two days later you need to play from the first round, so I'm just going to be super focused and play with confidence," she said.