By Glenys Furness

  • Gabriella Taylor advanced to the final without dropping a set
  • Edged in the final 3-6, 6-2, 2-6.
HERAKLION, CRETE – Gabriella Taylor made the final on the Greek Island, topping off a great week.



Gabriella Taylor continued her return to the circuit on the Island of Crete. The 10k event had the Brit as the second seed.

The first round opponent for the Brit was Andreea Amalia Rosca. The unseeded Romanian proved little worry for Taylor. The Brit dominated the first set, dropping only one game. The second set was much closer, with each holding serve to force a tiebreak. Rosca pushed hard all the way but the Brit came out on top to win in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 (10).

Another Romanian was to be the second round challenger. Andreea Ghitescu was unable to make any impression as the Brit ran away with the victory, once again in straight sets. 6-2, 6-2.

At the quarter final stage, Taylor came across the first seeded opposition. Vlada Ekshibarova was the fifth seed. The Brit totally demolished the Israeli, Taylor was on a roll here and lost just three games in the match.

Sealing a place in the semi final in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 the Brit was closing in on another final, First up was Ana Veselinovic. As the third seed the Montenegrin put up much more of a fight. Taylor only managed one break of serve in each set, but this was enough to book a spot in the final 6-4, 6-4.

In the final the Brit was up against Ioana Diana Pietroiu. Seeded seventh the Romanian was the toughest challenger Taylor had all week. Pietroiu managed to convert break point changes on the Brit serve and soon had the first set in the bag (6-3).

Taylor was not going away without a fight though, the Brit secured the second set 6-2 to force a decider. The Romanian ultimately proved a step too far for Taylor as the final set went the way of Pietroiu. 3-6, 6-2, 2-6.


Doubles, Challenger and ITF round up

In Paris at the Masters Dom Inglot & Marcin Matkowski lost in the first round of the doubles.

Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lost in the quarter finals in Paris.

Brydan Klein & Ed Corrie both lost in the first round singles in Charlottesville.

Liam Broady lost to the second seed Jared Donaldson in the second round of Charlottesville.

Broady with Luke Bambridge lost in the quarter finals of the doubles.

Joe Salisbury & David O’hare lost in the quarter finals.

Klein & Ruan Roelofse took out the fourth seeds on their way to the final in Charlottesville. They eventually lost to the top seeds Brian Baker & Sam Groth.

Neal & Ken Skupski lost in the semi final of Eckental.

Next week Brits play in Bratislava, Knoxville & Heraklion



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