By Glenys Furness

  • Francesca Jones claimed second ITF title
  • Defeated three seeded players along the way
VILLA DOLORES, ARGENTINA – Francesca Jones claimed the title in South America, giving the Brit her second ITF level trophy.

 

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Francesca Jones headed to Argentina as the lone British entrant in the ITF 15k event. Jones was unseeded and her first round opponent was Daniela López. The Chilean stayed toe to toe with Jones in the first set, and pushed the Brit all the way to a tiebreak, which Jones just edged. The second set saw the Brit find the break needed to pull ahead and book a spot in the second round 7-6(5), 6-3.

In the second round Jones was up against Caroline Romeo, the French player was seeded eight but in the first set it didn’t look that way. The Brit flew out of the blocks and Romeo was unable to get a game on the board. The seed fought back in the second set, breaking Jones to level the match. However, in the final set Jones was not going to be denied and broke twice to move into the quarter-final 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against the fourth seed Carolina Meligeni Alves. The Brazilian started well and managed to break Jones to take the first set. However, Jones rallied and in the second set dominated the proceedings, whilst the Brazilian was unable to get a game on the board. The final set was a tense affair, but the Brit managed to break and hold on for the win 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.

In the semi-final it would be a battle of non seeded players. Jones was against another Brazilian, Alice Garcia, and it was the Brazilian that started better. Jones was broken in the first set and Garcia took full advantage. The Brit came storming back in the second set having re-grouped, and only dropped one game. The final set was much the same, with Jones once again only losing one game to book the final spot 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The final saw the Brit face home favourite and seventh seed Victoria Bosio. The Argentine took advantage in the first set when Jones was broken, and sealed the first set. Jones again needed to re-group, which she successfully managed and broke to level the match. The final set saw the Brit stay on top and broke Bosio twice to lift the trophy and claim her second ITF tour title 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

 

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Jay Clarke came through qualifying and lost in the quarter-final of Sarasota 7-6(4), 6-4.

Liam Broady lost in the first round of Tunis 7-6(4), 6-3.

James Ward came through qualifying and lost in the first round of Guadalajara  – the Brit lost the first set 6-4 but won the second on a tiebreak 7-6(8), the final set Ward lost 6-3.

Billy Harris lost in the first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula, the Brit took the first set 7-5, then lost the next  6-1, 6-3.

Dan Dowson retired in the second round in Portugal with the score at 6-3, 3-1.

Ryan Storrie lost in the first round in Spain 6-2, 6-3.

Evan Hoyt lost in the semi-final of Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-4.

Aidan McHugh lost in the first round of Tunisia 6-2, 7-6(2).

Imran Aswat lost in the second round of Tunisia 6-4, 6-2.

Neil Pauffley lost in the second round of Tunisia 6-4, 7-5.

Samm Butler lost in the second round of Tunisia 7-5, 6-4.

Finn Bass lost in the quarter-final of Tunisia 6-1, 6-2.

Luke Johnson lost in the semi-final of Tunisia 6-3, 6-2.

Jack Findel-Hawkins lost in the second round of USA 6-1, 6-1.

Sarah Beth Grey lost in the first round of Obidos, the Brit lost the first set on a tie break 7-6(6) took the second set 6-4, but lost the final set 6-4.

Katie Swan lost in the semi-final of Obidos, Swan lost the first set 6-3, won the second set 6-1 but lost the final set 6-4.

Katie Boulter has made the final in Obidos, but that has yet to take place due to inclement weather putting things behind schedule.

Alicia Barnett lost in the quarter-final in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 7-6(5).

Ali Collins lost in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 7-5.

Ella Taylor lost in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-2.

Next week Brits play in Barcelona, Leon, Francavilla, Anning, Italy, France, Tunisia, Israel, USA, China, Portugal, Uzbekistan & Argentina.

 

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