By Glenys Furness
- Gabriella Taylor claims first title of 2018 without dropping a set
- Defeats three seeded players en route to the title
LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA – Gabriella Taylor claims her first title of 2018 with an impressive run, the Brit does not drop a set all week.
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Brit of the Week
Gabriella Taylor was unseeded in the ITF event in Launceston, in the first round match the Brit was drawn against Australian Renee McBryde. Taylor dominated the first set, the Australian was unable to get anything on serve and only took one game. The second set was a little bit closer, however the Brit still came through easily to take the win 6-1, 6-3.
The second round saw the Brit face the third seed Priscilla Hon. Although seeded the Australian was unable to prevent Taylor from breaking serve in the first set. The second set was even easier for the Brit as Hon faded under the pressure exerted by Taylor, and the Brit moved into the next round 6-4, 6-2.
In the quarter-final the Brit was up against the fifth seed Mrytille Georges. The French player kept toe to toe with Taylor and proved a tougher match. The Brit, however, once again secured the vital break of serve in both sets to continue the impressive run at the event and moved into the semi-final 6-4, 6-4.
The semi-final saw Taylor face Australian Zoe Hives. The first set was very tight with neither player wanting to give an inch. It was the Brit who broke through though right at the end of the first set to take the lead. The Australian wilted and Taylor strolled through the second set dropping only one game to make the final 7-5, 6-1.
In the final the Brit was against Asia Muhammad the fourth seed. The American tried to stop Taylor from taking the title, but the Brit was on a roll. Breaking the fourth seed in both sets Taylor was not to be denied the trophy. Claiming her first trophy of the year Taylor won 6-3, 6-4
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Brydan Klein lost in the first round of Launceston 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5)
Katy Dunne lost in the first round of Launceston 6-3, 6-1
Laura Robson lost in the quarter-final of Launceston 6-2, 6-2
Dan Dowson lost in the first round in Turkey 6-1, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Shrewsbury, Doha, Cherbourg & Buenos Aires.
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