By Glenys Furness
- Tara Moore continued the good run in Egypt
- The Brit made another final in the tourist resort
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Tara Moore continued her great run in Egypt, making yet another final in Sharm El Sheikh. It wasn’t to be her title this week however, but the Brit put up a fight.
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Brit of the Week
Tara Moore was the top seed in Sharm El Sheikh this week, and made the best of starts. In the first round the Brit drew Sai Samhitha Chamarthi, the Indian was no match for the top seed who dominated the match and lost only two games to progress easily to the second round 6-2, 6-0.
The second round saw the top seed face Margarita Skryabina. The Russian pushed Moore all the way in the first set, with a tiebreak needed to settle it. The Brit sped through the tiebreak and into the lead. This seemed to break the will of Skryabina as the top seed once again dominated the second set and took the match 7-6(3), 6-0.
In the quarter-final Moore was drawn against Iryna Shymanovich. The Belorussian made the perfect start and got the jump on the top seed, surprising her and taking the first set. However, the Brit re-grouped and soon got a handle on the Shymanovich game, taking the next two sets to book a semi-final spot 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.
The semi-final opponent for the top seed was Mariam Bolkvadze. The Georgian was seed sixth and proved a tough match for Moore. Being pushed close in both sets by Bolkvadze the Brit managed the vital break in each set to book the spot in the final 7-5, 6-4.
In the final the Brit was up against Julia Terzijska the fourth seed. The Bulgarian had a game plan and stuck to it in the first set, taking Moore by surprise and breaking twice to steal the set. The top seed did re-group in the second set and managed to break to level up the match. It was the Bulgarian though that secured the vital break in the final set and won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jay Clarke lost in the second round in Mexico City 6-4, 6-4.
Alicia Barnett lost in the first round of Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-2.
Harriet Dart lost the first set 6-4 and then retired from the match in Istanbul.
Maia Lumsden lost in the first round of Portugal 6-2, 6-2.
Katie Swan lost in the second round of Portugal 6-2, 6-3.
Freya Christie lost in the second round of Portugal, the Brit took the first set 6-4 then lost the next two 6-4, 6-1.
Katie Boulter lost in the quarter-final of Portugal. The Brit lost the first set 6-2, won the next 7-5, then lost the final set 7-6(6).
Billy Harris lost in the first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-1, 6-0.
Toby Martin lost in the second round of Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-3, 6-3.
Jack Findel-Hawkins lost in the first round of USA Futures 7-5, 7-6(6).
Jack Draper won the first set 6-3, but was 4-0 down in the second when he retired in Egypt
Evan Hoyt lost in the second round in Egypt 6-4, 6-4.
Luke Johnson lost in the second round in Tunisia 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4).
Next Week Brits play in Monte Carlo, Sarasota, Guadalajara, Tunis, Nanchang, Italy, France, USA, Egypt, Portugal, Argentina, Turkey, Zhengzhou & Fed Cup.
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