By Glenys Furness

  • Aleksandra Pitak made the final of ITF Cancun
  • Brit only dropped one set en route to the final
CANCUN, MEXICO – Aleksandra Pitak made the final of the ITF event, the Brit was only stopped by the third seed who lifted the trophy.


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Brit of the Week

Aleksandra Pitak entered the ITF event in Cancun and was the eighth seed. The Brit drew American Jane Wasserson in the first round. The Brit forced the break of serve early in the first set, and held on to take the lead. The second set was more of the same with Pitak taking control, the seed moved into the second round in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

In the second round Pitak was against Natalie Johnson. The American struggled to get anything on the Brit served as the seed took control. Pitak completely dominated the match, giving little away. Johnson was outclassed by the Brit as Pitak moved into the next round after barely breaking stride. The eighth seed claimed the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

The quarter-final saw the Brit up against Stacey Fung. The Canadian fought hard in the first set, but it was Pitak that got the vital break of serve and took the lead. Fung was unable to mount a fight back, and the second set saw the Brit break serve again to book a spot in the semi-final 6-4, 6-3.

In the semi-final the Brit was against Eri Shimizu. The Japanese proved the trickiest opponent so far, playing great tennis to force a tiebreak. Pitak edged the tiebreak to take the lead. Shimizu fought back in the second set, managing to break the serve of the eighth seed. The Japanese pulled the match level to force a decider. Pitak held her nerve and broke serve to seal a spot in the final 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.

The final saw Pitak face the third seed Fernanda Contreras Gómez. The Mexican had not dropped a set en route to the final, and was the favourite on paper to take the title. The Brit fought hard, however the third seed was just too good for Pitak who was unable to prevent a break of serve in each set. However, the eighth seed did manage to fight back from 1-5 down in the first set before ultimately falling 6-3, 6-3.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Eri Shimizu in the first round in Cancun 6-3, 6-3.

Eliz Maloney was defeated by Natalie Johnson in the first round in Cancun 6-4, 6-3.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Katarina Kozarov in the second round in Cancun 6-2, 7-5.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Jean Thirouin in the first round in Cancun 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Ben Jones was defeated by Joshua Paris in the first round in Minsk 7-5, 7-5.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Ivan Liutarevich in the second round in Minsk 7-6(3), 6-3.

Amanda Carreras was defeated by Sinja Kraus in the semi-final in Wanfercée-Baulet 6-3, 7-5.

Emily Arbuthnott was defeated by Andreea Mitu in the semi-final in Wanfercée-Baulet 6-2, 6-4.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Aaron Schmid in the second round in Jakarta 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Alexander Gaponenko in the first round in Qiryat Shemona 6-4, 6-2.

Adam Jones was defeated by Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc in the first round in Sintra 6-4, 6-2.

Stuart Parker was defeated by Yannick Mertens in the second round in Sintra 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Billy Harris was defeated by Hong Seong-Chan in the second round Hua Hin 6-3, 6-0.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Hong Seong-Chan in the semi-final in Hua Hin 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Samantha Murray was defeated by Jang Su-Jeong in the second round in Guiyang 6-4, 6-3.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Akgul Amanmuradova in the first round in Braunschweig 6-2, 7-6(2).

Next week Brits play in US Open, Como, Mallorca, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, China, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Holland, Tunisia.


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