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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

A Double Win

by Joanna Andrews

Ipek Solyu (TUR)
Tht 18th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge winners and runner ups
Klara Koukalova (CZE)
Khaled Al Ali
The players and Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge event team
Cagla Buyukakcay
Khalaf Al Habtoor with Buyukakcay and Koukalova
Event team and Hany Al Khafief, ITF Supervisor
Khalaf Al Habtoor and Sultan Al Habtoor
Alexandra Panova (RUS)
Cagla Buyukakcay singles champion and Klara Koukalova singles runner up
Cagla Buyukakcay and Klara Koukalova

Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay stole the show at the 18th Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge. The young Turk became the first-ever player to win both the singles and doubles titles at the $75,000 ITF event, claiming the biggest win of her career. Joanna Andrews reports.

Cagla Buyukakcay dominated the competition, winning the singles and doubles finals on the same day. The 26-yearold entered the competition at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection ranked no. 158 in the world, and sixth in the ITF event.

She went on to knock out top seeded Alexandra Dulgheru in the quarter-final and second-seed Klara Koukalova in the final to capture her biggest title to date.

The two hour 45 minute-long final match ended 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4. Within half an hour she was back on court partnering with Maria Sakkari of Greece. The duo defeated top-seeded Ipek Soylu and Elise Mertens 7-6, 6-4.

“I am delighted,” Cagla said. The trophies were presented by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chairman of the Al Habtoor Group, and Founder of the Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge.

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