By Glenys Furness
- Emily Appleton made the semi-final in Greece
- Defeated second seed en route
HERAKLION, GREECE – Emily Appleton secured a semi-final spot on the outdoor clay at the ITF 15K event, taking out the second seed along the way to cap off a great week.
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Brit of the Week
Emily Appleton was the fifth seed on the clay in Greece, the Brit faced Josephine Boualem in the first round. The Frenchwoman kept toe to toe with Appleton during the first set, but it was the seed who secured the break of serve to lead. Despite the best efforts of Boualem the Brit took the win in straight sets after breaking again in the second 7-5, 6-4.
The second round saw the Brit against a home favourite Vasiliki Karvouni. The Greek struggled in the first set as Appleton broke once to seal the first set. In the second set Karvouni mounted a great fight back and limited the seed to only one game in the entire set to level up. Appleton, however, re-grouped and just like in the first set secured the break early in the set to take the win 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against the second seed Laura Schaeder. The German found herself dominated by Appleton in the first set, and could only win one game, however in the second set Schaeder turned the tables on the fifth seed. The German totally dominated the set with Appleton not able to win any game at all. The final set saw the Brit back on course, as the fifth seed broke the German twice to book a place in the semi-final 6-1, 0-6, 6-3.
The semi-final saw Appleton take on Anastasia Detiuc the fourth seed. The Czech was the higher ranked and the first set proved this would be a difficult match. The Brit managed to stay with Detiuc until right towards the end of the set when the fourth seed took the break. Appleton then found herself down a break early in the second set and was unable to recover this time and fell 7-5, 6-3 but a good week in Greece for the Brit.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Alice Gillan lost in the first round in Heraklion 7-6(4), 7-5
Lloyd Glasspool lost in the quarter-final in Trento but took the first set 6-3, before losing the next 6-4, 6-4
Jay Clarke lost in the semi-final of Doha 6-3, 6-2
Emily Webley-Smith lost in the quarter-final of Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-2
Alicia Barnett lost in the quarter-final of Macon 7-6(3), 6-4
Maia Lumsden lost in the second round of Macon 7-6(3), 6-4
Luke Johnson lost in the quarter-final of Heraklion 6-4, 7-6(3)
Next week Brits play in Santa Margherita di Pula, Sherbrooke, Nishi-Tama & Indian Wells.
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