By Glenys Furness

  • Emma Raducanu claimed second pro title
  • The Young Brit didn’t drop a set en route
  • Defeated three seeds to lift troph
ANTALYA, TURKEY – Emma Raducanu claimed second pro title of 2018. The young Brit didn’t drop a set all event.

 

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Brit of the Week

Emma Raducanu entered the ITF event in Antalya and was seeded seventh. The Young Brit drew for the first round Arina Solomatina. The Russian struggled in the first set and barely held serve. Raducanu took the chance and broke more or less at will to take the set. In the second set the Russian showed a bit more confidence in shots, but it was the Brit who once again broke serve to take the match 6-1, 6-3.

In the second round the Brit was up against Polina Gubina. The Ukrainian was more of a match for Raducanu and fought hard, the seventh seed managed to break in the first set and move ahead. In the second set the Ukrainian made more of a match of it, however the seed only needed one break to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw Raducanu up against the second seed Georgia Crăciun. On paper the Romanian should have had no trouble with the Brit. However, the seventh seed was on a roll. Breaking once in the first set the young Brit secured lead with Crăciun unable to break back. In the second set the Brit broke twice with the Romanian unable to get back into the match. Raducanu moved into the semi-final with ease 6-3, 6-2.

In the semi-final the Brit faced the sixth seed Alena Fomina. No matter what the Russian tried Raducanu was ready for it. Fomina could not get a handle on the Brits game and the seventh seed had soon broken in the set to take the lead. The second set was slightly closer as Fomina managed to get one more game than in the first, but the Brit eased into the final 6-2, 6-3.

The final saw Raducanu up against the fourth seed. Johana Markova had also reached this stage without dropping a set, so would the Brit or the Czech be the first to give way. The Brit had no intention of leaving without the trophy and broke Markova in the first set. In the second set Raducanu continued the great form and broke twice to take the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

 

Honourable Mention

Jonathan Gray entered the ITF event in Tunisia as the second seed. The Brit faced Mounir Ferchichi in the first round. Gray totally dominated the Tunisian in the first set and by the second set it was clear that Ferchichi had a problem as he retired from the match 6-0, 1-0 RET.

In the second round the Brit was up against Alexis Klégou. The Benin player found the Brit a handful in the first set and was broken by Gray who took the lead. The second set saw Klégou fight back and successfully broke the Brit several times to level up. In the final set Gray broke and was up when the Benin player withdrew 6-3, 1-6, 3-1 RET.

In the quarter-final Gray found himself up against Pierre Delage and for the first time in the event, would get a full match played. The Frenchman stayed with the Brit until the very end of the set when Gray broke to take the lead. The second set was very much closer, as Delage held the Brit to a tiebreak. Eventually the second seed got the upper hand and eased through the tiebreak 7-5, 7-6(3).

The semi-final saw the second seed play the eighth seed Lance-Pierre Du Toit. The South African stayed toe to toe with Gray and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Once again the Brit eased through the breaker to take the lead. the second seed managed to get the break of serve needed in the second set to move into the final 7-6(3), 6-4.

In the final Gray was up against top seed Alessandro Bega. The Italian stayed with the Brit in the first set and again forced a tiebreak. The second seed came through the breaker without much of a problem to be one set away from the title. The second set saw Bega falter just once, which was all the Brit needed and broke serve taking the match in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-4.

 

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Holly Staff was defeated by Nika Radišič in the first round in Antalya 6-2, 6-3.

Liam Broady was defeated by Yosuke Watanuki in the first round in Ningbo 6-2, 7-5.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Collin Altamirano in the first round in Calgary 7-5, 6-0.

James Ward was defeated by Matteo Viola in the second round in Ismaning 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(3).

Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Nuno Borges in the second round in USA 6-2, 6-3.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Denis Yevseyev in the quarter-final in USA 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Oliver Crawford in the final in USA 6-1, 6-1.

Tara Moore was defeated by Salome Devidze in the first round in USA 6-3, 6-3.

Samuel Pointon was defeated by Aziz Ouakaa in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 7-6(5).

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Aidan McHugh in the first round in Israel 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6).

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Jeremy Sonkin in the second round in Israel 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Edan Leshem in the second round in Israel 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

Joshua Paris was defeated by Ryan Nijboer in the second round in Israel 6-2, 6-3.

Finn Bass was defeated by Petr Hájek in the first round in Egypt 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by David Pérez Sanz in the second round in Egypt 6-1, 6-1.

Shamael Chaudry was defeated by Hájek in the second round in Egypt 6-3, 6-3.

Neil Pauffley was defeated by Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in the final in Egypt 6-3, 6-4.

Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Anastasia Sukhotina in the second round in Egypt 7-6(5), 6-4.

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter-final of Egypt 6-2, 6-4.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Luis Faria in the second round in Portugal 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Anna Popescu in the second round in Portugal 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Taro Keens was defeated by Aminata Sall in the second round in Portugal 7-6(4), 6-2.

Anna Popescu was defeated by Manca Pislak in the quarter-final in Portugal 6-1, 7-5.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Myrtille Georges in the first round in France 6-1, 6-4.

Eden Silva was defeated by Tessah Andrianjafitrimo in the second round in France 7-5, 6-4.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Chloé Paquet in the second round in France 6-4, 6-1.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Susan Bandecchi in the first round in Japan 6-1, 6-2.

Next Week Brits play in Vienna, Basel, Las Vegas, Liuzhou, Traralgon, USA, Portugal, Vietnam, Tunisia, Egypt, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, China, & Sweden.

 

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