By Glenys Furness
- Emily Appleton claims first ITF pro-level title
- Top seed drops only one set en route
DUBLIN, IRELAND – Emily Appleton wins her first ITF Pro level title winning a battle of the Brits in the final. The top seed only dropped one set on the way to lifting the trophy.
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Emily Appleton entered the ITF event in Dublin and was the top seed. The outdoor carpet event attracted plenty of British and Irish entrants. In the first round Appleton was drawn against Olga Helmi, the Dane had nothing to hurt the Brit with and the Top seed was soon through to the second round in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
The second round saw the top seed against Georgia Lily Lynne-Browne. Despite the Irish player giving everything she had, it was the Brit who progressed with ease. Appleton dominated both sets and lost only two games before progressing to quarter-final 6-1, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the Brit was up against Amy Bowtell. The first set was very even as neither player could get ahead and a tiebreak ensued. In the tiebreak Appleton managed to dominate and move a set ahead. Bowtell however, was not yet done, the Irish player re-grouped and managed to break the top seed for the first time in the event. Bowtell went on to level the match up. The top seed fought back well and managed to break in the final set to progress into the semi-final 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3.
The semi-final saw Appleton face Julie Byrne, the Brit started well and broke the Irish player serve to take the first set and move a step closer to the final. The second set saw Byrne try and level things back up, but ultimately Appleton was just too strong and moved into the final 6-4, 6-3.
In the final Appleton faced another Brit Sasha Hill. The top seed once again managed to get the best start and break her compatriot in the first set and take the lead. Hill, in her first ITF event final tried to fight back in the second set, but the top seed was too strong and took the title 6-4, 6-3.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Kimberly Alinafe Mpukusa was defeated by Lynne-Brown in the first round in Dublin 6-4, 6-1.
Alice Gillan was defeated by Aisling O’Connor in the first round in Dublin 6-4, 6-4.
Amelia Stuart was defeated by Byrne in the first round in Dublin 6-0, 6-0.
Taro Keens was defeated by Rushri Wijesundera in the first round in Dublin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Ema Lazic was defeated by Lisa Ponomar in the second round in Dublin 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).
Tiffany William was defeated by Alice Robbe in the quarter-final in Dublin 7-6(2), 6-4.
James Ward was defeated by Henri Laaksonen in the semi-final of Chengdu 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2.
Dan Evans was defeated by Jeffrey John Wolf in the first round in Lexington 6-0, 7-6(5).
Jay Clarke was defeated by Chung Yun-seong in the quarter-final of Lexington 6-3, 3-0 RET,
Liam Broady was defeated by Borna Gojo in the first round in Lexington 6-4, 7-6(4).
Alex Ward was defeated by Stefano Napolitano in the second round in Lexington 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Charles Broom was defeated by Matic Spec in the first round in USA Futures 6-1, 6-0.
Finn Bass was defeated by Sebastian Korda in the quarter-final in USA Futures 6-3, 6-4.
Samm Butler was defeated by Tadeas Paroulek in the first round in Slovakia 6-7(8), 6-3, 7-5.
Paul Jubb was defeated by Ewan Moore in the semi-final in Slovakia 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
Moore was defeated by Alex Molcan in the final in Slovakia 6-3, 6-2.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Peter Bothwell in the Semi-final in Dublin 6-2, 7-6(5).
Ryan Storrie was defeated by Bothwell in the final in Dublin 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Michail Pervolarakis in the first round in Indonesia 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-2.
George Loffhagen was defeated by Laurent Rochette in the quarter-final in Finland 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)
Freya Christie was defeated by Andreea Amalia Rosca in the quarter-final in Woking 7-6(5), 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Toronto, Aptos, Jinan, USA, Portugal, Slovakia, Belarus, Indonesia, Spain, Austria, Finland, Montreal & Chiswick.
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