By Glenys Furness
- Francesca Jones claims title in France
- Brit was top seed
- Didn’t drop a set all event
BIARRITZ, FRANCE – Francesca Jones entered the ITF event and was the top seed. The Brit won the title without dropping a set.
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Francesca Jones entered the ITF event in Biarritz and was the top seed. In the first round Jones drew the only other Brit to make the main draw Amanda Carreras. The top seed dominated the first set as Carreras struggled to hold serve, Jones took the first set to take the lead. Carreras, who had come through qualifying, played better in the second set. Jones however, secured the break of serve to take the match 6-2, 6-4.
The second round saw Jones against Margaux Rouvroy. The French player stayed toe to toe with Jones in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The breaker was very tight as neither player would give an inch. Eventually Jones edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw Jones totally dominate as Rouvroy faded. The top seed didn’t lose a single game in the set to move into quarter-final 7-6(11), 6-0.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against Arianne Hartono. The Dutch player fought well in the first set, staying with the top seed. Eventually Jones obtained the break of serve to take the lead. In the second set the top seed dominated as Hartono struggled on serve. The Brit moved into the semi-final 6-4, 6-1.
The semi-final saw Jones up against Stephanie Wagner. The German stayed with the Brit in the first set. The top seed was able to make the breakthrough and take the first set. In the second set Jones dominated as the German faded. Wagner was only able to hold serve once, giving the Brit a spot in the final 6-4, 6-1.
In the final Jones was against Oksana Selekhmeteva. The Russian proved to be a tough opponent, with the Brit eventually securing the break of serve to take the first set. The second set was much closer, as the Russian refused to give up. The top seed was taken into a tiebreaker, where the Brit edged into the lead. Selekhmeteva was unable to get back on terms and the Brit took the title 6-4, 7-6(4).
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Mirza Basic in the second round in Nur Sultan 6-3, 6-3.
Jay Clarke was defeated by Max Purcell in the final in Nur Sultan 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).
Daniel Little was defeated by Tiago Cacao in the second round in Idanha-a-Nova 6-4, 6-0.
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Nicolas Moreno de Alboran in the semi-final in Idanha-a-Nova 7-6(1), 6-4.
Felix Gill was defeated by Zsombor Piros in the second round in Doboj 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-2.
Billy Harris was defeated by Pablo Llamas Ruiz in the second round in L’Aquila 6-4, 6-4.
Sashi Kempster was defeated by Lucie Nguyen Tan in the first round in Almada 6-1, 6-1.
Alice Gillan was defeated by Anastasia Nefedova in the first round in Monastir 7-6(4), 6-1.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Gianna Pielet in the first round in Monastir 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(2).
Next Week Brits play in Los Cabos, Nur Sultan, Cary, Austria, Portugal, USA, Italy, Tunisia, Gdynia, Czech Republic, France & Spain.
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