By Glenys Furness
- Brydan Klein made the final in Mildura
- Brit was seeded second
- Defeated by top seed in final
MILDURA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – Brydan Klein remained in Australia and entered the ITF event in Mildura. Seeded second the Brit made the final before being defeated by the top seed.
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Brit of the Week
Brydan Klein remained in Australia following the good week last week. The Brit entered the ITF event in Mildura and was the second seed. In the first round Klein drew Matthew Romios, the Australian stayed with the Brit at the start, but it was the seed who secured the break of serve and took the lead. The second set was dominated by Klein who lost only two games to move into the next round 6-3, 6-2.
The second round saw the Brit against Nick Chappell. The American struggled to stay with Klein, who was on point. The seed had little trouble with the serve of Chappell, breaking easily in both sets. The American was unable to earn the break back and Klein moved into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
In the quarter-final the second seed was against Christopher O’Connell. The Australian got off to the better start and managed to break the Brit. Klein was unable to get back on serve and the Aussie took the lead. The Brit re-grouped in the second set and levelled up. In the final set the second seed once again secured the break of serve and moved into the semi-final 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The semi-final pitched Klein against fourth seed Shuichi Sekiguchi. The Japanese went toe to toe with the second seed and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Sekiguchi dominated the breaker as the Brit was unable to get involved. The second seed regrouped in the next sets, totally dominating the Japanese player. Klein dropped only two more games to move into the final 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-1.
In the final the Brit faced the top seed Dayne Kelly. The Australian took control of the first set early, with Klein struggling to hold serve whilst Kelly dominated. The second seed pulled things level in the second set breaking the top seed. The final set was close, however it was the Australian who broke serve to take the title 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Alexis Canter was defeated by Shuichi Sekiguchi in the first round in Mildura 7-6(5), 6-1.
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Pedro Araújo in the first round in Portugal 7-5, 7-5.
George Loffhagen was defeated by Jacob Grills in the second round in Doha 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Danylo Kalenichenko in the second round in Norway 7-6(3), 6-1.
Stuart Parker was defeated by Raphael Baltensperger in the quarter-final in France 7-5, 6-4.
Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Greet Minnen in the second round in Japan 6-2, 6-3.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the second round in Japan 7-5, 6-3.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Dasha Ivanova in the first round in Mexico 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Katie Swan was defeated by Verónica Cepede Royg in the semi-final in Mexico 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Shenzhen, Drummondville, USA, Russia, Portugal, Mexico, Qatar, France, China, Japan, Egypt.
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