The favourite Charlotte Cornwallis, from the Moreton Morrell Club near Warwick, made it a double at the women's World Championships in the royal and ancient game of Real Tennis on the historic Paris court, winning both the singles and doubles titles in aggressive style.
Cornwallis, aged 29, a former junior hockey international and based at The Belfry, near Sutton Coldfield, survived a thrilling struggle with her fellow professional Jo Iddles, seeded two, to snatch the singles final in three sets, despite looking all at sea in the opening set which Iddles took 6-3.
However, the top seed then went for her shots explosively, forcing and volleying in intimidating fashion. Despite superb retrieving by her opponent, she had too much precision and weight of shot, dropping only two more games as she recaptured the title she first won in 2001.
Cornwallis also teamed up with former junior lawn tennis international Sue Haswell to win the doubles final, defeating the rapidlyimproving partnership of Oxford-based Freddy Adam, the American No 1, and the Australian professional Sue Castley 6-3, 6-3.
She also looks well on the way to capturing this week's M&G British Open Championship on her home court, the first of the events which is being staged to mark the Moreton Morrell club's centenary.
Cornwallis out-hit the dogged Castley to reach the singles semi- final while former world doubles champion Alex Garside survived a tight three-setter with the unseeded British amateur Jill Newby in their quarter-final.
Former world champion Sally Jones, the seventh seed and also a Moreton member, returned from an eight-month injury lay-off by beating clubmate, the stylish Jo Miller, and then Manchester's Sarah Reston in her opening matches before bowing out to second-seeded Iddles in the quarter-final.
She then teamed up with Garside, her long-time partner, to pull off a comfortable victory over the highly-rated young Australian partnership of Laura Fowler and Amy Hayball, seeded seven, and reach the doubles semi-finals.
The Moreton pairing of Jo Miller and Victoria Horn looked sharp and mobile as they survived a lively encounter with Stella Heap and rising star Viveca Reston before losing to favourites Cornwallis and Haswell in straight sets.
PARIS - Women's World Real Tennis Championships (British unless stated), quarter-finals: C Cornwallis bt L Fowler (Australia) 6-0 6-1 F Adam (US) bt R Snell (Australia)6-1 6-1 S Haswell bt P McCahey (Australia) 6-4 6-0 J Iddles bt S Castley (Australia) 6-3 6-1. Semi-finals: Cornwallis bt Adam 6-2 6-2 Iddles bt Haswell 5-6 6-3 6-0 Final: Cornwallis bt Iddles 3-6 6-0 6-2. Doubles semi-finals: C Cornwallis/S Haswell bt P McCahey/R Snell (Australia) 6-3 6-0 S Castley (Australia)/F Adam (US) bt J Iddles/J Newby 6-3 6-3. Final: C Cornwallis/S Haswell bt F Adam (US)/S Castley (Australia) 6-3 6-3.
MORETON MORRELL - M&G British Open Women's Real Tennis Championship (British unless stated), quarterfinals: C Cornwallis bt S.Castley (Australia) 6-2 6-0 F Adam (US) bt P McCahey ( Australia) 6-2 6-0 A Garside bt J Newby 6-2 4-6 6-3 J Iddles bt S Jones 6-1 6-1 Doubles quarter-finals: C Cornwallis/S Haswell bt V Horn/J Miller 6-0 6-1 F.Adam (US)/S Castley (Australia) bt P McCahey (Australia)/R Snell (Australia) 6-3 6-3 S Jones/A Garside bt L Fowler (Australia)/A Hayball (Australia) 6-2 6-0 J Iddles/J Newby bt C Gilmore/C Watson 6-1 6-1