Horn hits the right note in rankings rise

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RISING tennis star Pippa Horn has shot up to within touching distance of the top 200 junior players in the world after recording her best tournament win to date in Malaysia.

The 16-year-old, from West Harling, tasted victory for the third time on ITF Junior Circuit in the Sarawak Chief Ministers Cup in Malaysia.

But it was her first time at the grade three tier, after two grade five successes last year and helped push her up to a new world ranking of 216 – putting her third in the list of British girls.

After a runners-up medal in both singles and doubles the previous week, Horn defeated the top two seeds on the hard courts of Sarawak, but was forced to recover from a set and 5-0 down against Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia in the semi-final (5-7, 7-5, 6-4).

Horn went on to beat Switzerland’s Karin Kennel 6-4, 6-2 in a competitive, but ultimately comfortable final.

“The semi-final was my toughest match in the tournament,” she said. “It’s a long way back from a set and 5-0, but you have to keep fighting and I pulled it round.

“I’m pleased with my new ranking, but it’s really just a good start that I can build on as it will get me into higher grade tournaments.”

Horn’s trip to Asia was not without drama however as she misplaced her passport in Thailand and was forced to spend 50 hours at Bangkok airport during severe flood warnings where British Nationals had been recommended to leave the country immediately.