By Glenys Furness
- Ali Collins made final of ITF event in Spain
- Brit defeated top seed in semi-finals
MELILLA, SPAIN – Ali Collins entered the ITF event in Spain and made the final. The Brit defeated the top seed along the way.
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Brit of the Week
Ali Collins entered the ITF event in Spain, the Brit was unseeded. In the first round the Brit was against Spaniard Andrea Redondo Gutierrez. Despite having the home crowd behind her, the Spaniard was unable to prevent Collins from dominating the match. The Brit lost only two games to move into the next round 6-1, 6-1.
In the second round Collins was up against another Spaniard, Almudena Sanz-Llaneza Fernandez. The Brit once again totally dominated the match. Sanz-Llaneza Fernandez just could not match the game of Collins, and soon found herself on the wrong end of a bagel set. The Brit moved into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against the third seed Marina Yudanov. The Swede was the toughest opponent to date. Yudanov stayed with Collins in the first set, until eventually the Swede was broken. Collins kept the pressure on and in the second set dominated to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
In the semi-final the Brit was against the top seed Daria Mishina. Collins broke the Russian in the first set and took the lead. Mishina re-grouped in the second set and fought back to level the match, breaking the Brit for the first time. Collins was not to be denied the final spot however, and stayed toe to toe with the Russian. Right at the end of the set it was Collins who broke through to book a final spot 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.
The final saw the Brit against fifth seed Angela Fita Boluda. Collins fought to stay with the seed, however the Spaniard was just too good, breaking the Brit in both sets. Fita Boluda ended the run of Collins, much to the delight of the home crowd. The Spaniard took the title in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
James Ward was defeated by Kaichi Uchida in the first round in Kaohsiung 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.
Liam Broady was defeated by Enzo Couacaud in the third round in Columbus 6-4, 6-2.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Edan Leshem in the first round in Columbus 6-1, 6-3.
Felix Gill was defeated by Julian Ocleppo in the first round in Glasgow 6-2, 6-0.
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Maximilian Neuchrist in the first round in Glasgow 6-4, 7-6(1).
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Nicola Kuhn in the second round in Glasgow 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Arthur Rinderknech in the first round in Glasgow 7-6(10), 6-3.
Jack Draper was defeated by Altuğ Çelikbilek in the first round in Glasgow 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Antoine Escoffier in the first round in Glasgow 7-5, 6-2.
Scott Duncan was defeated by Johannes Haerteis in the first round in Glasgow 6-3, 6-3.
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Jonathan Mridha in the first round in Glasgow 7-6(7), 6-3.
Luke Johnson was defeated by Sem Verbeek in the first round in Glasgow 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(2).
Harry Meehan was defeated by Yannick Mertens in the first round in France 6-3, 6-2.
Toby Martin was defeated by Luciano Darderi in the first round in Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Chloe Compson was defeated by Julyette Steur in the first round in Italy 6-1, 6-0.
Amanda Carreras was defeated by Seone Mendez in the semi-final in Italy 6-1, 6-3.
George Loffhagen was defeated by Brydan Klein in the first round in Australia 6-2, 6-1.
Brydan Klein was defeated by Blake Mott in the semi-final in Australia 6-4, 3-1 RET.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Andrew Watson in the first round in USA 6-2, 6-3.
Andrew Watson was defeated by Dragos Ignat in the second round in USA 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Joshua Howard-Tripp in the first round in USA 5-7, 6-4, 4-1 RET.
Olivia Peet was defeated by Dasha Ivanova in the first round in USA 6-3, 6-4.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Taha Baadi in the first round in Mexico 6-4, 6-2.
Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Adam El Mihdawy in the semi-final in Mexico 6-4, 6-1.
Tom Hands was defeated by Sergei Pogosian in the first round in Finland 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
Sizya Kivanda was defeated by Francesco Vilardo in the first round in Finland 6-3, 6-3.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Pemra Özgen in the first round in Roehampton 6-4, 6-2.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Susan Bandecchi in the first round in Roehampton 6-3, 6-3.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Maria Sanchez in the first round in Roehampton 6-3, 6-4.
Sonay Kartal was defeated by Grace Piper in the first round in Roehampton 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(6).
Eliz Maloney was defeated by Julie Gervais in the first round in Roehampton 6-4, 6-3.
Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Sarah-Rebecca Sekulic in the first round in Roehampton 7-5, 6-4.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Laura Ioana Paar in the first round in Roehampton 6-2, 6-4.
Emily Arbuthnott was defeated by Emma Raducanu in the first round in Roehampton 6-1, 6-3.
Jodie Burrage was defeated by Maria Sanchez in the second round in Roehampton 6-2, 6-2.
Grace Piper was defeated by Anna-Lena Friedsam in the second round in Roehampton 6-4, 6-2.
Emma Raducanu was defeated by Vivian Heisen in the quarter-final in Roehampton 7-5, 4-1 RET.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Sarah Mueller in the first round in Tunisia 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
Alice Gillan was defeated by Giorgia Pinto in the second round in Tunisia 6-2, 6-3.
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