By Glenys Furness

  • Francesca Jones claims first ITF Pro Circuit title
  • Secures the victory without dropping a set
ASUNCION, PARAGUAY – Francesca Jones claimed her first ITF Pro title, overcoming the top seed to lift the trophy.


Brit of the Week

Francesca Jones was unseeded in Asuncion but the Brit was not fazed by this. Jones was born with  Ectrodactyly Ectodermal Dysplasia a rare condition that resulted in her being born with only six fingers and seven toes. This means that the Brit is used to adversity and here in Paraguay she let nothing get in the way of the title.

In the first round Jones was drawn against Aida Kalimullina, the Russian was no match for the Brit who dominated the entire match, losing only two games and they were in the first set. After dropping those Jones was too much for the Russian and won easily 6-2, 6-0

The second round saw the Brit against the fourth seed Camila Giangreco Campiz. The Paraguyan could make no impact on Jones in the first set, as the Brit continued the form from the first match. The second set was much closer however, as Giangreco Campiz started a fight back. Ultimately Jones came through the match after breaking right at the end to seal the win 6-2, 7-5

In the quarter-final Jones was facing the fifth seed Stephanie Petit. The Argentine tried to make life difficult for the Brit in both sets, however Jones was having none of it. Breaking serve once in each set was enough to end the run of Petit and see the Brit into the next round 6-3, 6-4

The semi-final saw the Brit against the sixth seed Thaisa Pedretti. Although the Brazilian was the higher ranked player, Pedretti proved to be no match for Jones. In a match very reminiscent of the first round, the Brit dominated not letting the Brazilian get anything on the ball. The semi-final was over very quickly as Jones progressed to the final dropping only one game 6-1, 6-0

In the final Jones was playing the top seed Fernanda Brito. The Chinese player was looking to end the run of the Brit, but the first set was fairly comfortable for Jones as she broke the top seed to take the lead. The second set proved to be much closer, as neither Brito or Jones could do anything on serve and the set headed to a tiebreak. This is where the Brit gained the upperhand, and totally dominated the breaker not letting the Chinese player get a single point. Jones won the title 6-3, 7-6(0).


ITF & Challenger Round Up

Cameron Norrie lost in the second round of Charlottesville 6-7(7), 2-6

Neil Pauffley lost in the first round of Charlottesville 6-7(4), 2-6

Liam Broady lost in the second round of Charlottesville 4-6, 6-4, 4-6

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

Brydan Klein lost in the first round of Canberra 3-6, 4-6

Tara Moore lost in the first round of Canberra 0-6, 4-6

Amanda Carreras retired in the first round of Sant Cugat 1-6, 0-2

Emily Appleton lost in the final of Pereira 5-7, 5-7


Next week Brits play in Bratislava & Hua Hin

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