By Glenys Furness

  • Katie Swan claimed first 25K title
  • Defeated second seed in thrilling quarter-final
OBIDOS, PORTUGAL – Katie Swan claimed her first 25K singles title at the ITF event, defeating the second seed along the way.


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Brit of the Week

Katie Swan was seeded sixth at the event outdoors in Portugal. Her opponent in the first round was Aleksandra Kuznetsova, the Russian proved to be no match for the Brit as Swan sailed into the second round for the loss of only one game. 6-0, 6-1.

The second round opponent was Italian Dalila Spiteri, the Brit had more of a fight on her hands in the first set, as the Italian had more of a game. Swan managed to get the break of serve in the first set and held on to take the lead. In the second set Spiteri folded and the Brit ran away with the match losing only one game to book a quarter-final spot 6-3, 6-1

In the quarter-final Swan was against the second seed Dalma Galfi. The match was very topsy turvy with the first set going the way of the Hungarian. The Brit fought back in the second set however and totally dominated to force a decider. In the final set both players were determined to claim the win, however it was Swan who secured the break and came out on top to claim the semi-final berth. 1-6, 6-0, 6-4

The semi-final saw Swan against the third seed Anna Kalinskaya. The Russian could not get anything on the Brit’s game whilst Swan was all over Kalinskaya. It was obvious that the Russian was struggling and so it proved to be as when the Brit had secured the first set, the Russian retired to leave Swan through to the final 6-1.

In the final Swan was against another Brit, Katie Boulter who was the fourth seed. The all British final was set to be a classic, however from the beginning it could be seen that Boulter was not comfortable. Before the first set was complete, Boulter had retired, handing the win to Swan. 5-0 – not the way that Swan would have wanted to win the title.

ITF & Challenger Round Up

Samantha Murray won the title in Wirral 6-2, 6-2

Eden Silva was runner up in Wirral

Brydan Klein lost in the second round of Tralargon 3-6, 4-6

James Allemby lost in the first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula 0-6, 2-6

Toby Martin lost in first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula 3-6, 6-7(7)

Ryan Storrie lost in the first round of Egypt 5-7, 1-6

Tara Moore lost in the second round of Saguenay 2-6, 4-6

Laura Robson lost in the first round of Liuzhou to Sara Errani 4-6, 1-6

Next week Brits play in Charlottesville, Paris, Canberra, Toronto, Asuncion, Meitar &  Eckental

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