By Glenys Furness

  • Evan Hoyt claimed back to back titles
  • Brit claimed title in Portugal
  • Defeated top seed in first round
QUINTA DO LAGO, PORTUGAL – Evan Hoyt won his second title in a fortnight, taking back to back singles titles. The Brit also knocked out the top seed in the first round.

 

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Brit of the Week

Evan Hoyt stayed in Portugal after last weeks successful run, entering the ITF event in Quinta Do Lago. In the first round the Brit drew top seed Dragoș Dima. The Romanian struggled with the Brit serve in the first set, whilst Hoyt managed to break and take the set. In the second set Dima played better and forced a tiebreak. The Romanian dominated the breaker and levelled up the match. The final set saw Hoyt once again on top breaking the top seed and went on to take the match 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

The second round saw the Brit face Russian Artem Dubrivny. Hoyt was on top during the entire match with the Russian struggling to get the shots. Hoyt soon had the match in the bag having lost only three games to move into the quarter-final. Dubrivny could not handle the Brit and lost in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against Finn Tearney. The Kiwi got off to the better start and managed to break the serve of Hoyt and took the first set. Hoyt re-grouped in the next and achieved the important break of serve in both sets. The Brit was able to hold on and take the win and moved into the semi-final 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The semi-final saw Hoyt play Oscar Gutierrez. The Brazilian stayed toe to toe with the Brit in the first set and forced a tiebreak. The Brazilian came close to taking the set, but Hoyt edged into the lead. The second set saw the Brit secure a break of serve on Gutierrez, booking a spot in the final in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-4.

In the final the Brit was against eighth seed Manuel Guinard. The Frenchman played well but it was Hoyt that struck first. Getting the break of serve needed the Brit had edged closer to the trophy. The second set saw Hoyt break again leaving Guinard floundering. Portugal has proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Brit as he lifted his second trophy in a fortnight 6-4, 6-3.

 

Honourable Mention

Amanda Carreras entered the ITF event in Le Havre and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit drew Alice Robbe. The Frenchwoman was no match for Carreras who completely dominated the match. Robbe was unable to do anything with serve and was soon down and out 6-0, 6-1.

The second round saw the Brit against the sixth seed Tatiana Pieri. The Italian fought well in the first set, but was unable to stop Carreras from breaking and taking the lead. In the second set Pieri re-grouped and fought back and managed to break the Brit serve to level up. The final set was a tense affair until the Brit secured the much needed break and progressed into the next round 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against Alba Carrillo Marin. The Spaniard was unable to keep pace with Carreras, who was all over the Spaniard serve. It was very much akin to the first round match with the Brit in control throughout. Carreras lost only three games to move into the semi-final 6-2, 6-1.

The semi-final saw the Brit face the fifth seed Mallaurie Noel. The seed could not stop Carreras from obtaining the break of serve in each set. The Brit was on a roll and was not going to be stopped at this stage of the event. Taking the match in straight sets Carreras booked the spot in the final 6-4, 6-4.

In the final Carreras was against Emeline Dartron. The unseeded Frenchwoman had made it to the final and got off to the better start. Dartron broke the Brit in the first set and took the lead with Carreras unable to break back. The Brit, however, re-grouped in the second set and secured the break to level up the match. This seemed to break the spirit of Dartron, who in the third set was only able to win one more game, giving the title to Carrears 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

 

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ITF & Challenger Round Up

Luke Johnson was defeated by Fred Gil in the first round in Portugal 6-4, 6-4.

Anton Matusevich was defeated by Michel Vernier in the first round in Portugal 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

Jonathan Binding was defeated by Jeremy Jahn in the first round in Portugal 6-2, 6-1.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Yannick Maden in the quarter-final in Lille 6-3, 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Alen Avidzba in the first round in Calabasas 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Karue Sell in the first round in Calabasas 6-4, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Stefan Kozlov in the quarter-final in Calabasas 6-2, 6-1.

Liam Broady was defeated by Alexander Ritschard in the semi-final in Calabasas 6-4, 6-4.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Juan Pablo Varillas in the second round in Cancun 7-5, 6-1.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round in Cancun 6-1, 6-4.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Lou Brouleau in the first round in Cancun 6-4, 6-3.

Ryan Storrie was defeated by Franco Egea in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Tim Van Rijthoven in the quarter-final in Bahrain 6-4, 6-3.

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Mayo Hibi in the first round in Japan 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

Tara Moore was defeated by Miharu Imanishi in the first round in Japan 6-3, 6-0.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Stephanie Wagner in the second round in Japan 6-3, 6-4.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Destanee Aiava in the first round in Australia 6-3, 6-2.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Indy De Vroome in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-3, 6-2.

Next week Brits play in Miami, Saint-Brieuc, Mexico, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Japan & Australia.

 

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