By Glenys Furness
- Katie Swan claimed second title of the year with win in Spain
- Brit didn’t drop a set all tournament
MONZON, SPAIN – Katie Swan took the title in Spain without dropping a set, defeating two higher seeds along the way.
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Katie Swan entered Monzon as the seventh seed, and her first round opponent was Montserrat González. The Paraguayan was up for the battle and in the first set kept toe to toe with the Brit. Swan was taken all the way to a tiebreak, which the seed dominated. The second set saw the Brit get the break of serve needed and win the match in straight sets 7-6(2), 7-5.
The second round saw the Brit playing Cristina Bucsa. The Spaniard tried to stay with Swan in the first set, however the seed secured the break and didn’t look back. It was in the second set that Bucsa tried to fight back, and was close to taking the match to a third set, however Swan was steady and nerves held to secure the break and the match 6-3, 7-5.
In the quarter-final Swan was due to play the top seed Marie Bouzková, however the Czech player retired before a ball was hit in anger, meaning that the Brit was awarded the walkover and straight into the semi-final. In the semi-final Swan was playing the third seed Giulia Gatto-Monticone. The Italian was no match for the seventh seed who only needed to break once in each set to move into the final 6-4, 6-4.
The final had Swan against local favourite Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov. The Spaniard was no match for the Brit however and the seventh seed dominated the first set. The second set only required one break of serve to seal the win and claim the second title of the year 6-2, 6-3.
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Katie Boulter was the fifth seed in Fukuoka and in the first round was up against Yuki Naito. The Japanese player got the jump on the Brit and broke serve in the first set, Boulter was unable to pull the break back and lost the set. Boulter re-grouped in the second set though, and managed to break the serve of Naito and levelled the match up. The final set was very much like the second set, with the seed breaking serve when needed to book a place in the second round 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
In the second round Boulter was against Tammi Patterson. The Australian was no match at all for the Brit and soon the fifth seed had secured the win to move easily into the quarter-final for the loss of only four games, taking the match 6-3, 6-1.
The quarter-final was a battle of the Brits as Boulter faced the top seed Naomi Broady. Boulter got off to the better start and broke serve of the top seed to take the first set. However, Broady fought back in the second set and broke serve to level the match up. The final set proved to be one way traffic as Boulter dominated and the top seed was unable to get anything on the Boulter serve, the match ended with the fifth seed progressing 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
In the semi-final the Brit was up against Momoko Kobori. The Japanese struggled in the first set and was unable to hold serve for the majority, meaning that Boulter easily took the set for the loss of one game. The second set was closer, but it was the Brit that came out on top after breaking serve again 6-1, 6-4.
The final had Boulter up against Ksenia Lykina. The Russian started well, and pushed the Brit close, taking the necessary break to steal the first set. However, the seed re-grouped and came back to break Lykina serve and level up the match. The final set saw the Brit dominate with the Russian struggling to keep pace, Boulter took the match claiming the trophy 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
ITF & Challenger Round UP
Laura Robson was defeated by Katy Dunne in the first round at Fukuoka 7-5, 6-4.
Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Lykina in the first round of Fukuoka 7-6(3), 1-6, 2-6.
Tara Moore was defeated by Arina Rodionova in the second round of Fukuoka 6-3, 0-6, 1-6.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Lykina in the quarter-final of Fukuoka 6-2, 6-1.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov in the first round of Monzon 6-3, 6-1.
Cameron Norrie was defeated by Elias Ymer in the second round of Aix-en-Provence 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Dan Dowson was defeated by Pawel Cias in the first round in Poland 7-6(4), 6-1.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Maxim Ratniuk in the quarter-final of Poland 6-0, 6-1.
Thomas Calautti was defeated by Jaime Pulgar García in the first round in Tunisia 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Elliott Farmer was defeated by Kyrian Jacquet in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-4.
Edward Harwood was defeated by Maxime Pauwels in the first round in Tunisia 6-1, 6-3.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Andrés Artuñedo Martínavarro in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-1.
Alexis Canter was defeated by Peter Kobelt in the first round in Israel 6-3, 6-2.
Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Christopher Díaz Figueroa in the second round in Mexico 7-6(8), 6-4.
Olivia Sonnekus-Williams was defeated by Noelia Zeballos in the second round in Tunisia 6-1, 6-1.
Nell Miller was defeated by Elena-Teodora Cadar in the first round in Israel 6-2, 6-4.
Emilie Lindh Gallagher was defeated by Maya Tahan in the first round in Israel 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Xinyu Jiang in the first round in China 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).
Harriet Dart was defeated by Zhu Lin in the semi-final in China 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Zhang Ling in the second round in Korea 6-4, 6-4.
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Han Na-lae in the quarter-final in Korea 7-6(4), 6-2.
Alice Gillan was defeated by Liisa Vehvilainen in the first round in Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Amelie Intert in the first round in Sweden 6-3, 6-3.
Francesca Jones was defeated by Irina Ramialison in the semi-final in Sweden 6-4, 6-3.
Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Emily Appleton in the first round of Trinidad & Tobago 6-4, 6-3.
Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Andrea Renee Villarreal in the second round of Trinidad & Tobago 6-1, 6-1.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez in the quarter-final of Trinidad & Tobago 6-4, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Rome, Lisbon, Poland, Tunisia, Mexico, Bulgaria, Spain, Japan, China, Korea, Israel & Sweden.
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