By Glenys Furness
- Samantha Murray progressed to the final in Portugal
- Only defeated by the top seed
SANTAREM, PORTUGAL – Samantha Murray was second seed in the ITF event and made it all the way to the final. The Brit was only defeated by the top seed.
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Brit of the Week
Samantha Murray entered the ITF event in Santarem and was seeded second. In the first round the Brit drew Nuria Brancaccio. The Italian managed to stay with the seed in the early stages of the first set, however it wasn’t long before Murray broke serve. Holding on to take the set.
The second set saw Brancaccio re-group, the Brit serve was broken and Murray couldn’t get back on terms. The Italian went on to claim the set. In the final set Murray once again gained the advantage, breaking the serve of Brancaccio. The Brit went on to claim the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
In the second round the seed was up against Lucia Quitero. The Portuguese was outclassed by Murray who dominated the entire match. Quitero was unable to do anything against the Brit and soon found themselves up against it. Murray progressed to the quarter-final for the loss of only one game 6-0, 6-1.
The quarter-final the Brit was facing Natalia Orlova. The Russian had nothing to hurt Murray with and the seed soon claimed the first set. In the second set Orlova could not break the Brit serve not matter how hard she tried. Murray continued where she left off in the second round claiming the match easily in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
In the semi-final the second seed was against Priyanka Shah. The American stayed toe to toe with Murray in the first set, until the seed finally secured the break at right at the end of the set. The second set saw Shah get a break of serve on the Brit and level the match. Murray came out in the final set and strolled through without dropping a further game to make the final 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.
The final was the Brit against the top seed Greet Minnen. The Belgian managed to get a break of serve on Murray right at the end of a tight first set. The Brit tried to turn things round in the second set, unfortunately Minnen broke serve and went on to take the title 7-5, 6-3.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Lou Brouleau in the first round in Portugal 6-2, 6-0.
Dan Evans was defeated by Alexandre Müller in the first round in Cassis 6-3, 6-4.
James Ward was defeated by Ugo Humbert in the semi-final in Cassis 7-6(3), 6-4.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Alejandro Tabilo in the first round in Canada 6-1, 3-0 RET.
Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Pavel Krainik in the second round in Canada 6-4, 6-2.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Roy Smith in the second round in Canada 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4).
Luke Johnson was defeated by Jorge Blanco Guadalupe in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Lucas Poullain in the first round in France 6-2, 7-5.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Alberto Colas Sanchez in the first round in Spain 6-4, 6-0.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Andrea Ka in the first round in Tunisia 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.
Helena Jansen Figueras was defeated by Victoria Muntean in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-0.
Next week Brits play in Glasgow, Istanbul, Canada, Nottingham, Tunisia, France, Quebec.
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