Birth Date: 16/02/1995
Birth Place: Hemel Hempstead, England
Resides: Flaunden, England
Plays: Right Handed
Favourite Surface: Hard
Age Started Tennis: 5
Katy enjoyed a very successful career as a junior, peaking at number nine in the world in 2013. She has since translated this junior success to the professional circuit, winning three singles and five doubles titles on the ITF tour.
Her stand-out tournament thus far has been the 2014 Aegon Classic. There she battled through two rounds of qualifying by beating the tenth and second seeds. In the first round of the main draw she played world number 44, Camilla Giorgi, winning the first set 6-4 before having to retire due to a hip injury in the third set. Her upward trend on the professional rankings and ability to compete with the world’s elite definitely make her one to watch.
Katy hit impressive form in the tail-end of the 2013 season. In November she dominated the $10,000 in Rethymno, Greece, winning both the singles and doubles event on her favourite hard court surface. She continued on this impressive form the following week, in Sharm El Sheikh, winning the doubles event with fellow GSC player Harriet Dart, and progressing to the semi-finals of the singles event. The week after that, in Sharm El Sheikh’s second consecutive $10,000 in as many weeks, Katy won the singles event without dropping a set, and reached the final of the doubles event with Harriet Dart. In 2014 Katy competed in the $15,000 in Imola, Italy, where she won both the singles and doubles titles.
2014 has been Katy’s breakthrough year. In April she repeated her success in Sharm El Sheikh the previous year by reaching the semi-finals of the singles in its first week and winning both doubles events in week’s one and two with Harriet Dart.
Katy’s notable performance of 2014 came in June in the Aegon Classic at Edgbaston. There she beat the tenth seed, Alize Lim, 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 in the first round of qualifying, and Timea Babos, the second seed, 6-2 7-6(4), in the second round of qualifying to earn her spot in the main draw where she played the world number 44 Camila Giorgi and won the first set 6-4 before having to retire due to a hip injury in the third set. The following month, Katy competed in the $15,000 in Imola, Italy, where she won both the singles and doubles titles, and produced some gritty tennis along the way. This marked her first singles and doubles tournament win at the $15,000 level. In October, Katy won a round in the $75,000 in Barnstaple, beating Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-3. She also reached the semi-finals in the singles draw of the $15,000 in Toowoomba, Australia. At year end, in India, she not only reached the doubles semi finals of the Lucknow $15,000 but also the final of the Pune $25,000, eventually losing 6-2, 6-2 to Indian player Ankita Raina.
Year to Date
Katy began her year in America and has travelled various continents in her pursuit of WTA points. Her form came in the back end of the year, with a win in the qualifying rounds at Wimbledon and then an ITF $10 trophy in Chiswick before reaching the final of Woking $25k. Katy then travelled to Australia to play more tournaments in the Aussie summer.
Katy’s parents are Julie and John Dunne. She also has a brother, Connor, who is an avid cyclist. In her spare time Katy enjoys playing hockey, doing gymnastics, and cooking. She currently trains at the JTC academy and her coach is Alan Jones.