By Glenys Furness
- Katie Swan wins back to back titles
- Mixed week for Brits on tour
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Katie Swan continued her run from last week, taking a second title in the same town.
Brit of the week
This had to once again be Katie Swan. After taking the title last week in Sharm El Sheikh, the Brit continued her excellent form. Seeded fifth in the event, Swan reached the final and faced the fourth seed. Swan took the final in straight sets, however it was far from easy. The Brit clinched the win 6-4, 7-5.
As it was a tough choice this week, we’ve got to talk about two other Brits who made finals this week. Katie Boulter and Jay Clarke. On the grass in Mildura Boulter thrashed her semi final opponent losing only one game. Making her first ITF 25K event final the Brit was against the second seed Viktória Kužmová.
Unfortunately the Slovakian was just too good for Boulter and sealed the win in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. However, the Brit will be very close to breaking into the top 300 following her showing.
In Antalya Clarke has made the final. The semi final took two days to complete as rain arrived with the match poised very much in the Brits favour. Alexander eventually upset the third seed Clement Geens in three sets to make the final 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, as their semi final was held over until Sunday. The Brit will play the final on Monday against Alexis Musialek.
ITF & Challenger round up
Jodie Burrage & Joel Cannell lost in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh, whilst Manisha Foster progressed to the second round.
Laura Robson lost in the second round in Yokohama.
Amanda Carreras lost in the semi final in Sao Paulo.
Neil Pauffley is in the semi final in Heraklion, like Alexander rain has disrupted the schedule and this has yet to be played.
In Mildura other than Boulter it wasn’t a good week for the Brits. Freya Christie retired in the first round at 4-6, 2-4. Katy Dunne lost in the first round – The fifth seed went down 6-4, 3-6, 4-6. Harriet Dart lost in the second round, whilst Gabriella Taylor made the quarter final
Ed Corrie will play against Denis Shapovalov in Drummondville Challenger. The Canadian youngster last played a Brit in Ottawa, and unfortunately he will always be remembered for the way the Davis cup tie ended. Shapovalov learnt a big lesson that day, but is one to watch for the future in Canadian tennis.
Lloyd Glasspool and Liam Broady will try and join Corrie in the main draw – both currently in second round of qualfiyfing
Robson is playing qualifying in Shenzhen.
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