Two of Australia’s highest-ranked doubles players, Storm Hunter and Rinky Hijikata, have starred on the singles court in Tasmania this week.
Burnie, Tasmania, 5 February 2023 | Leigh Rogers
Storm Hunter and Rinky Hijikata have been crowned singles champions at this week’s Burnie International.
Hunter secured the women’s singles title with a 6-4 6-3 victory against fellow Australian Olivia Gadecki in today’s final at the Australian Pro Tour event.
It is Hunter’s fifth consecutive win without dropping a set and delivers the 28-year-old her third career ITF singles title – and first since 2019.
World No.245 Hunter, who took a wildcard into the event, is now projected to return to the world’s top 200.
Hijikata claimed the men’s singles title without losing a set, completing his perfect week with a 6-3 6-3 victory against top seed James Duckworth in the final.
This is the 21-year-old’s second career ATP Challenger singles title.
Hijikata, who won the Australian Open men’s doubles title last month, is currently ranked at a career-high world No.149. But after his performance this week, Hijikata is projected to break into the world’s top 120.
Marc Polmans and Max Purcell clinched the men’s doubles title with a 7-6(4) 6-4 victory against Luke Saville and Tristan Schoolkate in another all-Australian final.
It is their second ATP Challenger title as a team.
Aussies in action – Burnie
Men’s singles, final
 Rinky Hijikata (AUS) d  James Duckworth (AUS) 6-3 6-3
> VIEW: Burnie International men’s singles draw
Women’s singles, final
 Storm Hunter (AUS) d  Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 6-4 6-3
> VIEW: Burnie International women’s singles draw
Men’s doubles, final
 Marc Polmans (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) d  Luke Saville (AUS)/Tristan Schoolkate (AUS) 7-6(4) 6-4
Women’s doubles, final
 Mai Hontana (JPN)/Eri Hozumi (JPN) d  Arina Rodionova (AUS)/Ena Shibahara (JPN) 4-6 6-3 [10-6]
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