Brydan Klein & Katie Boulter claim ITF titles
By Glenys Furness
- Brydan Klein wins 17th ITF Futures title.
- Katie Boulter claims 3rd ITF Pro title
- Eden Silva runner up in Obidos.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA – Brydan Klein fought back twice to win a match that went the distance, whilst Katie Boulter claimed the title in Istanbul.
Brits of the week
Brydan Klein headed into the Jakarta futures event as the top seed. The Brit had little trouble in the first round against Nicholas Bybel. The American could not stop Klein from breaking serve in both sets, easing to the next round 6-3, 6-4.
In the second round Pirmin Haenle stood in the Brit’s way. Klein strolled the first set, barely troubled by the German. The second set was much closer, as the German forced the top seed into a tiebreak. Once in the tiebreak the top seed dominated to seal the match in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(2)
The quarter final saw the Brit against Kittipong Wachiramanowong. The Thai was a tough opponent as the top seed lost the first set of the whole tournament. Klein pulled it level by taking the second set to force a decider. The top seed broke serve and held on to take the win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi final the top seed faced the fourth seed Kento Takeuchi. The Japanese had nothing to hurt the Brit with and Klein stormed to the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The final was to the be toughest match for the top seed. Against the third seed Christopher Rungkat. The Indonesian and home crowd favourite was on for the upset taking the first set. Klein dominated the second set however and brought the match level. The final set appeared to be going the way of Rungkat as he took a 3-1 lead. The top seed however was determined and soon levelled back up. A final set tiebreak was a suitable way to decide the title. The Brit edged the breaker to win the title 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Katie Boulter was over in Istanbul and like Klein she was top seed. She was actually quite lucky in the first round against Vera Zvonareva. The Brit lost the first set on a very tight tiebreak and was 3-2 up in the second when the Russian retired. This meant Boulter went through 6-7(8) 3-2 Retired.
The Brit had another Russian, Ekaterina Kazionova in the second round, but this was much easier for the top seed. Dropping only three games to move into the quarter final 6-1, 6-2.
Russians were the theme throughout as the quarter final saw Boulter against Valentyna Ivakhenko. The fifth seed was no match for the Brit though as the top seed dominated, losing only two games to reach the semi final 6-2, 6-0.
To make a change the semi final opponent was not Russian, but Vlada Ekshibarova. The Israeli fought in the first set, but the Brit once again secured a spot in the final with little bother 6-4, 6-0.
In the final the top seed was up against the fourth seed Ayla Aksu. The Turk made Boulter fight hard for the trophy. The Brit took the first set, before the Turk levelled the match. The match went the full distance as Boulter finally secured the title 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
This week our honouorable mention goes to Eden Silva reaching the final in Obidos Portugal before falling to Nuria Parrizas-Diaz from Spain 6-4, 6-3. Both had made the final unseeded. Silva did not face a seed to get to the final, however she did play several other Brits. Making the final is a very good week.
Challenger and ITF Roundup
Liam Broady lost in the second round of Leon after making the main draw as a lucky loser.
Ed Corrie lost in the first round of St Brieuc.
Laura Sainsbury lost in the Semi final of Obidos (to Silva)
Manisha Foster lost in the Quarter final of Obidos (to Silva)
Next week Brits play in Rouen, Charleston, Monterrey, Sophia Antipolis
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