By Glenys Furness
- Emily Appleton reached the semi-final in South Korea
- Second seed only dropped one set en route
- Defeated by the eventual champion
GIMCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – Emily Appleton reached the semi-final in South Korea and was only defeated by the eventual champion.
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Emily Appleton entered the ITF event in Gimcheon Korea and was seeded second. In the first round her opponent was Yuka Hosoki. The Japanese was unseeded and it was the Brit that got off to the best start. Taking the chances Appleton broke twice to take the first set. Hosoki re-grouped in the second set and managed to break the seed serve to level the match. The deciding set saw the second seed dominate losing only one game to progress to the second round 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
The second round opponent for the Brit was Kim Cherry. The Korean managed to stay with Appleton in the first set, until the seed secured the break of serve needed. In the second set nothing that Kim could throw at the Brit worked. Appleton broke easily to move into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
In the quarter-final the Brit was drawn against Ahn Yu-Jin another Korean. The seed was just too good for the home country player. Appleton looked like this was a training session as the seed destroyed Ahn in both sets. The Brit did not put a foot wrong and took the match for the loss of only two games 6-1, 6-1.
The semi-final saw the Brit against Kim Da-Hye. Unseeded Kim proved to be a tough opponent for the seed, as Appleton found her serve broken once in the first set. A fightback would be needed by the Brit for Appleton to make the final. The Korean however, was just too good and in the second set again managed to break serve and went on to take the match 6-4, 6-3. Kim went on to win the trophy defeating the top seed in straight sets too.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Francesca Jones was defeated by Sandi Marti in the quarter-final in Switzerland 6-1, 6-1.
Tiffany William was defeated by Dominique Karregat in the first round in Belgium 6-4, 6-1.
Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Oana Georgeta Simion in the first round in Hungary 6-1,6-1.
George Loffhagen was defeated by Dan Added in the second round in Belgium 7-6(3), 6-2.
George Houghton was defeated by Francisco Cabral in the first round in Portugal 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-2.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Michel Vernier in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 5-1 RET.
Finn Bass was defeated by Nicolas Alvarez Varona in the second round in Portugal 6-3, 3-2 RET.
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Fred Gil in the quarter-final in Portugal 6-4, 6-4.
Jonathan Binding was defeated by Sem Verbeek in the quarter-final in Portugal 7-6(4), 6-4.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Joshua Paris in the first round in Belarus 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Ben Jones was defeated by Marek Gengel in the second round in Belarus 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Scott Duncan was defeated by Francesco Vilardo in the second round in Belarus 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Marek Gengel in the quarter-final in Belarus 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Andrew Watson in the first round in Spain 6-2, 6-4.
Andrew Watson was defeated by Carlos Boluda-Purkiss in the second round in Spain 6-4, 6-4.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Na Jung-Woong in the second round in Korea 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in New York, Mallorca, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Korea & Kazakhstan.
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