By Glenys Furness

  • Jonathan Gray claimed first ITF Futures title
  • Took out four seeds including top seed along the way
  • Dropped only one set en route.
THU DAU MOT, VIETNAM – Jonathan Gray claimed his first Futures title, the Brit took out the top seed in the first round, and defeated the home favourite in the final.

 

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Brit of the Week

Jonathan Gray was unseeded in Vietnam and drew the top seed in the first round. Chen Ti forced a tiebreak in the first set and the Taiwanese player edged the set. However, in the next sets Gray found his game and was able to break Chen to take the match in three sets 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-3.

In the second round the Brit was against Miliaan Niesten, the unseeded Dutch player was unable to put up a fight and Gray took the match in straight sets breaking once in the first and twice in the second to book a spot in the quarter-final 6-3, 6-2.

The opponent in the quarter-final was the eighth seed Sho Katayama. The Brit was on a roll by now and the Japanese player tried hard in the first set, but was broken by Gray who took the lead. The second set saw the Brit dominate as Katayama was unable to make any inroads and Gray took the match 6-4, 6-1.

In the semi-final the Brit was against the fourth seed Sasi Kumar Mukund, the Indian was unable to do anything with Gray who was still in the zone and completely dominated the higher ranked player, losing only two games in the whole match to book a final spot 6-1, 6-1.

The opponent in the final was the sixth seed and Vietnamese number one Nam Hoang Ly. The Brit was pushed all the way in the first set, and a tiebreak ensued. Gray, however, was not going to let this go and took the breaker with ease. The second set saw Gray establish the break and Ly was unable to break back. Gray won the title 7-6(4), 6-3 and claimed the first ITF Futures singles title of his career.

 

Honourable Mention 

Eden Silva was seeded sixth in Helsinki, her first round opponent was Lucie Wargnier. The French player was no match for the Brit in the first set as Silva dominated and lost only one game. The second set was much closer however as Wargnier tried to fight back, but the Brit broke to take the match 6-1, 6-4.

The second round match and Silva was against Oona Orpana. The Finn provided a good match up for the Brit as Orpana broke in the first set to take the lead. Silva fought back in the second, and although close managed to get the break to level up the match. In the final set the Finn ran out of steam as the sixth seed dominated the set to claim the win 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

In the quarter-final it was a battle of the Brits as Silva took on fellow Brit Summer Yardley. Unfortunately for Yardley, it was to be one of those days. The sixth seed completely dominated the whole match and didn’t drop a single game as Silva double-bagelled Yardley to go into the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.

The semi-final saw the Brit up against Karine Sarkisova. The Russian was another tough match for the sixth seed, although Silva took the first set with a break of serve. Sarkisova fought back in the second and broke the Brit to level up the match. However, Silva managed once again to break the Russian serve in the final set to book the final spot 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

In the final Silva was against the fourth seed Tess Sugnaux. The Swiss player was broken by the Brit in the first set and Silva went on to take the set. The second set saw the fourth seed pick up her game as she dominated to level the match. The final set was very tight, but Silva managed to break right when needed to take the match and her first ITF Pro title 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

 

Challenger & ITF Round up

Ed Corrie lost in the first round of Champaign 6-3, 4-6, 4-6

Alex Ward lost in the first round of Champaign 4-6, 6-7(4)

Cameron Norrie lost in the semi-final of Champaign 5-7, 7-6(5), 3-6

Brydan Klein lost in the second round of Pune 6-7(7), 3-6

Jay Clarke lost in the quarter-final of Pune 4-6, 0-6

Laura Robson lost in the quarter-final of Toyota 1-6, 7-6(3), 4-6

Katy Dunne lost in the second round of Toyota 1-6, 3-6

Freya Christie lost in the first round of Sharm El Sheikh 2-6, 3-6

Jodie Burrage lost in the quarter-final of Sharm El Sheikh 3-6, 4-6

Next week Brits play in Bangalore, Mumbai & Ohio

 

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