By Glenys Furness

  • Katie Swan claimed ITF title in Claremont
  • Dropped only one set en route
CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA, USA- Katie Swan entered the ITF event and was the fifth seed. The Brit only dropped one set en route to the title.


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Brit of the Week

Katie Swan entered the ITF event in Claremont. The Brit was the fifth seed. In the first round Swan was up against Dominique Schaefer. The Peruvian could not stay with the seed in the first set, as Swan dominated and dropped only one game. The second set saw Schaefer try to fight back in the second set. However, Swan was too strong and obtained the break of serve to move into the second round 6-1, 6-4.

The second round saw the Brit up against Charlotte Chavatipon. The American was a tougher test, holding serve well. Ultimately though it was the seed who broke through, getting the break in each set. As much as Chavatipon tried they were unable to get back on serve, and the Brit was through to the quarter-final 6-3, 6-3.

In the quarter-final Swan was drawn against the fourth seed Leylah Annie Fernandez. The Canadian found herself a break down in the first set and was not able to get back on serve. However, in the second set Fernandez managed something no one else had done so far. The Canadian broke the Swan serve and took the set to level up. This fired up Swan who raced through the final set dropping only one game to move in the semi-final 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

The semi-final pitched the Brit against Giuliana Olmos. The Mexican stayed with Swan in the first set, and a tiebreak looked on the cards, however the Brit was having non of it, and broke right at the end of the set to take the lead. In the second set the seed was back on top and soon broke through again to book a spot in the final in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

In the final Swan was against Thaisa Grana Pedretti. The Brazilian could do nothing in the first set against the Brit, who totally dominated the set. The second was a little closer as Pedretti found her game. Ultimately though it was Swan that had the edge and broke to claim the title in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Thaisa Grana Pedretti in the first round in Claremont 6-3, 7-5.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Catherine Harrison in the second round in Claremont 7-5, 7-6(8).

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Connor Farren in the first round in Claremont 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Jakob Schnaitter in the second round in Claremont 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Liam Broady was defeated by Michael Geerts in the final in Claremont 6-3, 6-2.

James Ward was defeated by Mischa Zverev in the first round in Mouilleron-le-Captif 7-6(6), 6-3.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Alexander Sarkissian in the first round in Fairfield 6-2, 6-3.

Jack Draper was defeated by Christopher O’Connell in the quarter-final in Fairfield 6-2, 6-3.

Toby Martin was defeated by Giulio Zeppieri in the second round in Italy 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

Brydan Klein was defeated by Martin Beran in the first round in Australia 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(7).

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Gabriella Da Silva Fick in the first round in Australia 6-1, 5-7, 7-5.

Billy Harris was defeated by Daniel Nguyen in the semi-final in Vietnam 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1.

Jan Choinski defeated Stefan Seifert in the final in Germany 6-3, 6-1.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Julian Bradley in the first round in Mexico 6-2, 6-3.

Arthur Fery was defeated by Luis Lopez in the first round in Egypt 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Mason Recci was defeated by Marek Gengel in the second round in Egypt 7-5, 6-2.

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Justina Mikulskytė in the first round in Egypt 6-4, 6-3.

Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Martina Pradova in the second round in Egypt 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Eden Silva was defeated by Lou Brouleau in the second round in France 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Samantha Murray was defeated by Harmony Tan in the quarter-final in France 6-4, 7-5.

Next Week Brit play in Stockholm, Antwerp, Ningbo, Ismaning, Las Vegas, Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Tunisia, USA, Moscow, China, Nigeria & Turkey.


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