By Glenys Furness
- Dan Cox claimed title on comeback
- Brit only dropped one set en route
ALMADA, PORTUGAL – Dan Cox entered the ITF event and was unseeded. The Brit came through qualifying and lifted the title.
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Brit of the Week
Dan Cox started his comeback by entering qualifying in the ITF event in Portugal. After making it through to the main draw the Brit drew Joao Graca in the first round. The Portuguese qualifier stayed with Cox in the first set, until the Brit managed to secure the break of serve and move ahead. In the second set both were toe to toe and it looked to be heading to a tiebreak. However, Cox managed to secure the break just when needed and moved into the second round 6-4, 7-5.
In the second round the Brit was against fourth seed Thomas Fancutt. The Australian was no match for Cox who broke early to take the lead. Fancutt tried to get back into the set, but was unable to break back. The second set saw Cox dominate and move into the next round 6-3, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw Cox against the only other surviving TerBrit in the draw, another qualifier Harry Wendelken. Cox was a class above though, as Wendelken was totally outplayed. Cox dominated the entire match as the other Brit struggled to hold serve. Cox moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
In the semi-final Cox was drawn against Duarte Vale. The Portuguese wild card found the Brit far too strong. Cox was in dominant form as Vale struggled to hold serve. The Brit moved into the final with ease. Defeating the Wild Card in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The final saw the Brit against Fabio Coelho. The Portuguese struggled to hold serve in the first set, with Cox dominating to take the lead. In the second set Coelho managed to break the serve of Cox right at the end of the set to level up the match. The final set saw Cox re-group and once again dominate to lift the trophy 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Russell Henderson was defeated by Terence Das in the first round in Almada 6-1, 6-0.
David Quayle was defeated by Aaron Cohen in the first round in Almada 6-2, 6-2.
Felix Gill was defeated by Hanwen Li in the first round in Sofia 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Toby Martin was defeated by Lisandru Rodriguez in the second round in Ajaccio 6-2, 6-3.
Katie Swan was defeated by Ellen Perez in the quarter-final in Lisbon 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 (RET).
Emily Lindh was defeated by Valeria Bhunu in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 6-3.
Alice Gillan was defeated by Anastasia Nefedova in the second round in Monastir 6-4, 7-5.
Next week Brits play in Aldershot, Nur-Sultan, Austria, Portugal, Boznia, Italy, Tunisia, Prague, France & Spain.
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