Hannah Klugman smashes Coco Gauff's record

14-year-old became the youngest qualifier at the W100 tournament

by Jovica Ilic
Hannah Klugman smashes Coco Gauff's record
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The 14-year-old Hannah Klugman has made a name for herself at this week's W100 event in Shrewsbury! The young Briton passed two qualifying rounds, entering the main draw and becoming the youngest qualifier at the W100 tournament, taking the record away from Coco Gauff.

The American made the main draw at the W100 Charleston event in 2019 at 15 years and one month. Klugman smashed that record, qualifying in Shrewsbury at 14 years and eight months! Hannah reached the US Open junior quarter-final last month, taking a break and demonstrating her A-game again at home in Shrewsbury.

Klugman kicked off the action against the 12th seed Aneta Laboutkova, beating the more experienced player 6-2, 6-1 in 57 minutes! A teenager served at 80%, dominating on serve and return and leaving the 23-year-old far behind.

The home star dropped nine points behind the initial shot, facing no break points and keeping the pressure on the other side.

Hannah Klugman is the youngest qualifier at the W100 event!

Hannah grabbed over half of the return points, creating seven break chances and seizing four to control the pace.

Klugman held at 30 in the encounter's first game and grabbed a break in the next one after Laboutkova's double fault. The 14-year-old held at love in game three, cementing the advantage and settling into a fine rhythm. The Czech saved a break point in the fourth game and got her name on the scoreboard.

Hannah fired two aces in the fifth game and came from 30-0 down two games later to forge a 5-2 advantage. Laboutkova served to stay in the set in the eighth game and lost serve for the second time, allowing Klugman to wrap up the opener 6-2 and gain a boost.

The 14-year-old took charge at the beginning of the second set, losing four points in five games and delivering a double break for a 5-0 advantage. Hannah held at 30 at 5-1, sealing the deal in style and moving into the second qualifying round.

On Monday, Klugman faced the 7th seed Pemra Ozgen, scoring a 6-4, 6-3 victory in an hour and 37 minutes, securing a place in the main draw and writing history books! Hannah faced 11 break points, keeping her focus and defending nine.

The youngster stole half of the return points and produced four breaks, enough to seal the deal in straight sets. The Briton broke in the opener's fourth game and defended four break chances in the next one, closing the game with back-to-back aces.

Hannah forged a 5-1 advantage before losing serve while serving for the set in game seven. The youngster serve for the set for the second time at 5-3, experiencing the second consecutive break and allowing her rival to return to the positive side.

Klugman left that setback behind, delivering a break at love in game ten and taking the opener 6-4. Hannah erased four break points at the beginning of the second set before wasting her chances in the fourth game. The Briton finally broke in the eighth game, moving 5-3 up and sealing the deal on her serve in the next one.

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