By Glenys Furness
- Gabriella Taylor wins third title of the year
- Drops only one set en route to the trophy
MILDURA, AUSTRALIA – Gabriella Taylor won her third singles title of the year, having a successful week on the grass.
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Brit of the Week
Gabriella Taylor capped off a brilliant week by claiming the singles title in Australia on the grass. As the top seed the Brit would be expected to go deep into the event. The first round saw Taylor up against Ramu Ueda, the Japanese player was no match for the Brit though. The top seed soon had a handle on Ueda and broke in both sets to move into the next round 6-3, 6-1.
In the second round Taylor was against Kaylah McPhee, the Australian pushed the Brit hard in the first set, but the top seed secured the one break of serve needed to take the lead. The second set was much easier for Taylor who broke McPhee twice to claim the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against another Australian Maddison Inglis. In the first set the top seed was still in dominant form break Inglis twice to take the set. The Australian mounted a fightback in the second set and stayed close to Taylor. Ultimately the Brit got the breakthrough at the end of the second set to move on 6-2, 7-5.
It was in the semi-final that Taylor faced her toughest match, and fittingly it was against the only other Brit in the event third seed, and her doubles partner for the week, Katy Dunne. The top seed got off to the best start, and broke in the first set to take the lead.
The second set saw the third seed however came back strongly in the second set and managed to break Taylor at the end of the set to force the decider. In the final set Taylor once again took control to dominate the set and take the place in the final 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
In the final the Brit was against the second seed Shérazad Reix. The French player should have been able to get close to Taylor, but it was the Brit who totally dominated the match. Reix could not even get a game on the board in the first set, and was broken in the second for Taylor to take the title 6-0, 6-3.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Toby Martin lost in the first round of Santa Margherita di Pula 6-1, 6-3
Billy Harris lost in the quarter-final of Santa Margherita di Pula 7-5, 6-3
Ed Corrie lost in the first round of Sherbrooke 7-5, 7-6(5)
Brydan Klein lost in the first round of Nishi-Tama 7-6(4), 7-5
Laura Robson lost in the quarter-final of Yokohama to Harriet Dart 6-4, 6-4
Dart made the final in Yokohama but lost 6-2, 6-4
James Ward lost in the first round of Qatar, he won the first set 7-5 then lost the next 6-4, 6-2 to the eighth seed Jonas Merckx
Jay Clarke was the top seed in Qatar and made the final but lost to fifth seed Benjamin Hassan. Clarke took the first set 6-3, but lost the next 7-6(1), 6-4
Jonathan Gray lost in the second round of Heraklion 6-2, 7-6(4)
Luke Johnson lost in the second round of Heraklion 6-1, 6-2
Neil Pauffley lost in the semi-final of Heraklion 6-3, 6-4
Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Santa Margherita di Pula, Qatar & Drummondville.
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