By Glenys Furness

  • Dan Evans made final in Quimper
  • Brit defeated several Frenchmen en route
QUIMPER, FRANCE – Dan Evans made the final of the ATP Challenger event. The Brit defeated several Frenchmen on the way to the final.


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Brit of the Week

Dan Evans entered the ATP Challenger event in Quimper and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit drew Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine. The Frenchman was of no match for Evans who controlled the match throughout. The Brit only dropped three games to progress to the second round in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.

The second round Evans was against another Frenchman, the fifth seed Quentin Halys and the seed got the better start. Breaking Evans early in the first set and secured the lead. In the second set the Brit re-grouped and managed to break the Frenchman and levelled up the match. The final set saw both players fighting hard, not wanting to give an inch. In the ensuing tiebreak it was Evans that took the mini break holding on for the win 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4).

In the third round the Brit was against the ninth seed Constant Lestienne. The Frenchman started well and managed to break Evans. Lestienne went on to claim the set, however in the second Evans fought back. Forcing a tiebreak which the Brit dominated saw Evans level up. The third set saw both players trying to claim the break, however another tiebreak followed. Once again it was the Brit who took the advantage and moved into the quarter-final 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4).

The quarter-final saw Evans face Roman Safiullin. The Russian was able to break the Brit serve in the first set and hold on to lead. Once again though, Evans re-grouped and pulled level after breaking the Russian. The third set was very even, leading to yet another tiebreak. Again the Brit dominated the breaker and booked a place in the semi-final 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(1).

In the semi-final the Brit was against the second seed Ugo Humbert. Despite being the higher ranked player, the Frenchman was unable to make in-roads into Evans game. The Brit was in top form and managed to get the break in both sets to book a final spot in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

The final saw Evans against another Frenchman Grégoire Barrère. The 15th seed was surprised by the Brit in the first set, with Evans getting the break of serve and the lead. However Barrère fought back in the second set and levelled up to force a deciding set. The seed managed to break again in the set to claim the title and bring Evans run to an end. Barrère claimed the title 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Honourable Mention

Jodie Burrage entered the ITF event in Jodphur, India. In the first round the Brit was drawn against Nastja Kolar. The Slovenian stayed toe to toe with Burrage in the first set and forced a tiebreak. It was Burrage that came out on top in the breaker. The second set saw the Brit get a break on Kolar serve and move into the second round in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-4.

The second round saw a battle of the Brits as Burrage took on Freya Christie. As expected this was a very tight match. Christie forced a tiebreak in the first set, before Burrage dominated to claim the set. In the second set Christie stayed with Burrage until the very end, when Burrage broke to seal the win 7-6(2), 7-5.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against the second seed Diāna Marcinkēviča. The Latvian was no match for the Brit who sailed through the match losing only four games. Burrage booked the spot in the semi-final with another straight set win 6-3, 6-1.

The semi-final saw Burrage against sixth seed Miyabi Inoue. The Japanese had no answer for anything that the Brit threw at her, and the seed was soon in trouble. The Brit dominated the whole match and lost only four games. Taking the match in straight sets to book a place in the final 6-3, 6-1.

In the final the Brit was against the seventh seed Miharu Imanishi. The Japanese broke serve in the first set taking the lead. Burrage re-grouped in the second however, and managed to break Imanishi to level the match. In the deciding set it was the seed that managed to break to claim the title 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Miyabi Inoue in the first round in Jodhpur 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

Liam Broady was defeated by Tim Smyczek in the second round in Cleveland 6-4, 6-3.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Dustin Brown in the second round in Cleveland 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(1).

Jay Clarke was defeated by Lorenzo Giustino in the semi-final in Launceston 3-6, 7-5, 4-1 RET.

Toby Martin was defeated by Shintaro Imai in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-3, 7-6(5).

Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Ivana Sebestova in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-0, 6-2.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Anastasia Dețiuc in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Simona Waltert in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-2.

Tiffany William was defeated by Mayar Sherif in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 7-6(3), 6-3.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Paula Badosa Gibert in the first round in Launceston 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Jannik Sinner in the first round in Tunisia 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Corentin Denolly in the first round in Tunisia 7-5, 6-1.

Julian Cash was defeated by Andrés Artuñedo in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 2-0 RET.

Evan Hoyt was defeated by Corentin Denolly in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-3.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Andres Fernandez Canovas in the second round in Turkey 7-5, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in Cordoba, Montpellier, Sofia, Dallas, Switzerland, Tunisia, Germany, France, Turkey, Bath & Egypt.


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