By Glenys Furness

  • Billy Harris made the final in Turkey
  • Brit didn’t drop a set until the final
ANTALYA, TURKEY – Billy Harris made the final in Antalya without dropping a set. The Brit was fourth seed and was only defeated by the third seed.

 

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Brit of the Week

Billy Harris entered the ITF event in Antalya and was fourth seed. The Brit drew qualifier Adelchi Virgilli in the first round. The Italian was no match for Harris who dominated the first set to take the lead. In the second set Harris had taken the lead when it was obvious that Virgilli was struggling. The Italian retired handing the match to the Brit 6-2, 2-1(RET).

In the second round Harris was against Hungarian Gergely Madarasz. The Brit dominated the first set as Madarasz struggled to hold serve. In the second set the Hungarian got his game together and held serve more. However, that didn’t stop the Brit who secured a vital break of serve to move into the next round 6-1, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against fifth seed Yanki Erei. The Turk found Harris too strong in the first set and the Brit soon had the lead. The second set was a little closer, but Erei was not able to get back on terms. The Brit secured the win and moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-3.

In the semi-final saw Harris against the second seed Dragos Nicolae Madaras. The Swede forced a tiebreak in the first set. The Brit edged the breaker to take the lead. In the second set the Swede was struggling and had to retire from the match, handing a spot in the final to Harris 7-6(5), 2-0.

The final saw the Brit against the third seed Daniel Michalski. The Pole found Harris too strong in the first set, and the Brit took the lead. The second set was dominated by the third seed who levelled up the match. In the final set the Pole secured the vital break of serve to lift the title 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

 

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Toby Martin was defeated by Rrezart Cungu in the first round in Antalya 6-1, 6-2.

Jack Draper was defeated by Julian Lenz in the first round in Helsinki 7-5, 6-1.

Liam Broady was defeated by Joao Sousa in the quarter-final in Helsinki 6-7(3), 6-2, 7-6(1).

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Juan Carlos Aguilar in the first round in Austin, Texas 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-1.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Philip Henning in the first round in Austin, Texas 6-4, 6-4.

Finn Bass was defeated by Eduardo Nava in the second round in Austin, Texas 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Alastair Gray was defeated by Michael Zhu in the second round in Heraklion 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3.

Ryan Storrie was defeated by Michael Zhu in the quarter-final in Heraklion 6-2, 6-2.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Nitin Kumar Sinha in the first round in New Delhi 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5).

Julian Cash was defeated by Digvijay Pratap Singh in the first round in New Delhi 6-4, 6-2.

Louis Allen was defeated by Grigoriy Lomakin in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Dan Little was defeated by Timo Stodder in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 7-6(6), 7-5.

Adam Jones was defeated by Peter Fajta in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-1, 6-4.

Blu Baker was defeated by Michel Vernier in the quarter-final in Cundinamarca 6-3, 7-5.

Katie Swan was defeated by Zheng Qinwen in the first round in Funchal 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Zheng Qinwen in the quarter-final in Funchal 6-4, 6-0.

Holly Hutchinson was defeated by Melania Delai in the second round in Solarino 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.

Next Week Brits play in Bari, Manama, Greece, Mexico, Guatemala, India, Egypt, Czech Republic, Turkey, Dubai, Italy, Tunisia & Portugal.

 

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