By Glenys Furness
- Aidan McHugh came through qualifying and progressed to the semi-final
- Brit only dropped sets against the top seed in the main draw.
JERBA, TUNISIA – Aidan McHugh made his first ITF semi-final having to come through the qualifying rounds first, the Brit lost to the top seed.
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Aidan McHugh came through qualifying and into the main draw in Tunisia. The 17-year-old eased through the first two rounds of qualifying, as the fourth seed the Brit had a bye in the first round and soon dispatched his opponent in the second round. The final qualifying match proved to be a tough test and stood the young Brit in good stead for the main draw.
In the first round McHugh drew Daniel Mora, the Colombian was made to work hard in the first set but it was the Brit who struck first, getting the break and sealing the set. In the second set McHugh had no trouble at all from Mora and had soon dispatched the Colombian and booked his place in the second round 6-4, 6-0.
The second round saw the Brit up against Hugo Schott. The Frenchman was no match for McHugh in the first set, as the Brit dominated to take the lead. The second set, however, was much closer. The Frenchman was staying toe to toe with the Brit and forced a tiebreak. Schott pushed hard but McHugh stood firm and edged the tiebreak to move into the next round 6-2, 7-6(5).
In the quarter-final McHugh was up against eighth seed Bernardo Saraiva. The Portuguese had nothing to damage the Brit with in the first set, with McHugh dominating and not losing a single game. However, the seed re-grouped and in the second set stayed with the young Brit. McHugh secured the break needed right at the end of the set and moved into the semi-final 6-0, 7-5.
The semi-final is where the excellent run of McHugh was halted. The young Brit came up against the top seed Yannick Mertens, the Belgian proved just a little too much for McHugh who was unable to stay with Mertens. The top seed came out the victor 6-2, 6-1.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Neil Pauffley was 6-1, 3-0 down in the semi-final of Tunisia when he retired from the match.
Samm Butler lost in the second round of Tunisia 6-3, 7-6(3).
Luke Johnson lost in the second round of Tunisia 6-3, 7-6(5).
Sean Hodkin lost in the second round of Tunisia 6-4, 6-2.
Matthew Hingley lost in the first round of Tunisia 6-0, 6-0.
Finn Bass lost in the first round of Tunisia 6-4, 6-2.
Tiran Sanghera lost in the first round of Tunisia 6-4, 6-4.
James Ward came through qualifying but lost in the second round of Leon Mexico 6-2, 6-4.
Liam Broady lost in the second round of Francavilla 7-6(8), 6-1.
Billy Harris came through qualifying but lost in the quarter-final of Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-0, 2-6, 6-3.
Jonathan Gray came through qualifying but lost in the second round of Anjou France 6-0, 6-2.
Alexis Canter came through qualifying but lost in the second round in Israel 6-2, 6-4.
Joshua Paris lost in the quarter-final in Israel 7-5, 6-4.
Naomi Broady lost in the semi-final of Quanzhou 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3.
Freya Christie lost in the first round in Obidos to Sarah Beth Grey. Grey took the first set 6-2, the Christie hit back 6-2 but lost the final set 6-2.
Eden Silva lost in the second round of Obidos 6-1, 6-0.
Sarah Beth Grey lost in the quarter-final of Obidos 6-1, 7-5
Katie Swan lost in the semi-final of Obidos 6-4, 6-4.
Emily Webley-Smith lost in the second round of Karshi 6-2, 6-1.
Francesca Jones lost in the quarter-final in Argentina 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(3).
Next week Brits play in Estoril, Savannah, Puerto Vallarta, Glasgow, Poland, Tunisia, Israel, Uganda, Prague, Japan & Georgia.
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