By Glenys Furness

  • Katy Dunne wins her fifth ITF level title
  • Brit doesn’t drop a set all event
KYOTO, JAPAN – Katy Dunne claimed fifth ITF level title defeating all her Japanese opponents without dropping a set.


Brit of the Week

Katy Dunne entered the ITF event in Kyoto as the second seed, the Brit was looking to claim her fifth ITF level title and her first for two years. Dunne was the only British representative at the $15k event in the singles. The second seed faced the unseeded Sari Baba in the first round. The Brit secured the break of serve in the first set and was able to consolidate the break to take the set. The second set was a bit harder, as the Japanese player fought well, but right at the end of the set Dunne managed to get the break to head into the second round 6-4. 7-5.

In the second round the Brit was against another Japanese player, and another unseeded opponent. Robu Kajitani was no match for Dunne who eased through the first set for the loss of only two games. The second set was even easier for the second seed as she delivered up a breadstick against Kajitani to book a quarter-final spot 6-2, 6-1.

The opponent in the quarter-final was another Japanese player, Mei Yamaguchi was a tougher match for the second seed. The first set was very tight with neither player wanting to give anything away, and breaks were not easy to come by. Fortunately Dunne managed to get the break right at the end of the set to get the lead. The second set came down to only one break of serve, with the Brit securing it at the right time to win the match 7-5, 6-4.

In the semi-final was the first time the Brit had faced another seed. Haruka Kaji was the fourth seed. On paper this would be a pretty even match, however Dunne was on a roll. The first set saw the Brit break serve twice to take the lead in the match. In the second set Kaji tried to come back on the Brit, but no matter what she tried the second seed was on top, eventually moving into the final 6-3, 6-4.

The final proved to be the trickiest match of all for Dunne here. Up against Michika Ozeki the second seed dominated the first set, losing only two games to the Japanese player. It was the second set that was to prove that the Brit wanted the title. Having lost the first five games, it looked like the second seed was to lose the first set of the whole event. However, Dunne managed to regroup and sort out her game and game storming back to win the next seven games, giving her the title 6-2, 7-5.


Honourable Mentions

Emily Arbuthnott and Francesca Jones made the final in Hammamet setting up a Battle of the Brits in Tunisia. Jones defeated the top seed Isabella Shinikova in the first round, taking the Bulgarian to the edge in each set 7-5, 7-5. Whilst Arbuthnott seeded eight faced Algerian Houria Boukholda, the Brit dispatched Boukholda without losing a game 6-0. 6-0. Their routes to the final were very similar. Jones lost a set in the second round to Italian Francesca Sella but went on to win the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, lost only two games in the quarter-final against Rebecca Ehn from Sweden to make the semi-final 6-1, 6-1. Arbuthnott was pushed to a second set tiebreak by Italian Verena Hofer but came through in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(5), the quarter-final saw the Brit against the second seed Manon Arcangioli. The French player took the first set from Arbuthnott but the eighth seed fought back to claim the win 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Their semi-finals were both straight set wins, with Jones taking out the seventh seed Mariana Drazic from Croatia 6-4, 6-4. Arbuthnott was against another French player, this time Mylene Halemai who was no match for the Brit at all, the seed took the match losing only one game 6-0, 6-1.

The final battle was hard fought, and fittingly went the distance, with Jones taking first blood before Arbuthnott came back from a set down to seal the win and her second ITF title, her first being back in 2015 in Sharm El Sheikh, the final score of 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 was good for both players.


ITF Round Up

Lloyd Glasspool lost in the first round of Bagneres de Bigorre France to the seventh seed 3-6, 1-6

Ed Corrie made it to the final of Bagneres de Bigorre before being defeated by Ugo Humbert 5-7, 6-2, 6-7 (4)

Next week Brits play in Cary, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Santa Margherita di Pula, Mulhouse, Szczecin, Quebec & Tokyo.

Main Image: Photo by Matt West/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

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