By Glenys Furness

  • Heather Watson claimed title in Vancouver
  • Didn’t drop a set en route
VANCOUVER, CANADA – Heather Watson made the final in ITF Vancouver. The Brit didn’t drop a set en route to the trophy.


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Brit of the Week

Heather Watson entered the ITF event in Vancouver and was seeded sixth. The Brit made the final of the event last year and was defeated in the final by Misaki Doi. In the first round Watson was against Carson Branstine. The Canadian was unable to stop the Brit breaking serve in both sets. The sixth seed moved into the second round in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The second round saw the Brit against Kurumi Nara. The Japanese player was of no match for Watson. The seed broke early in the first set and didn’t look back. In the second set Nara was totally dominated by the Brit and managed to win only one game. Watson moved into the next round 6-3, 6-1.

In the quarter-final Watson was facing Australian Maddison Inglis. The Brit was on form and managed to secure the necessary breaks of serve in both sets. The second set was easier as Watson broke twice. The Brit held on to serve to move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-2.

The semi-final had the Brit against Leylah Annie Fernandez. The young Canadian seemed out of sorts at the start of the match and Watson took advantage. However, after being well ahead in the match Fernandez was able to break back and force a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brit managed to get ahead and take the set, the second set was much easier and Watson dominated to move into the final 7-6(4), 6-2.

In the final Watson was against the third seed Sara Sorribes Tormo. The first set was very close, with breaks being exchanged. Eventually Watson managed to get the upper hand and broke to take the set. In the second set, Watson was made to work by the Spaniard. Having had break points to go up 5-3 the Brit was unable to take the opportunity and the Spaniard levelled. However, Watson held her nerve and serve and with the score at 5-4, it was the Spaniard serving to stay in the match. The Brit broke serve and took the title without dropping a set 7-5, 6-4.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Harriet Dart was defeated by Timea Babos in the second round in Vancouver 7-5, 6-2.

James Ward was defeated by Enzo Couacaud in the first round in Vancouver 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Ričardas Berankis in the third round in Vancouver 7-6(4), 6-1.

Liam Broady was defeated by Maxime Janvier in the quarter-final in Vancouver 7-5, 7-5.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Scott Griekspoor in the second round in Meerbusch 6-3, 6-4.

Jan Choinski was defeated by Peđa Krstin in the semi-final in Meerbusch 6-4, 6-1.

Toby Martin was defeated by Mick Veldheer in the quarter-final in Italy 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(14).

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Thiago Agustín Tirante in the first round in Cancun 7-5, 6-3.

Jack Gibbens was defeated by Shintaro Mochizuki in the first round in Cancun 6-2, 6-2.

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Amber Washington in the second round in Cancun 7-5, 6-1.

Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Ramona Mataruga in the second round in Cancun 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Ingrid Gamarra Martins in the final in Cancun 6-1, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Ruan Roelofse in the first round in Indonesia 7-6(2), 6-3.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Jule Niemeier in the second round in Germany 6-4, 6-3.

Tiffany William was defeated by Sada Nahimana in the first round in Kenya 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(1).

Next week Brits play in Winston-Salem, US Open Qualifying, Belarus, Belgium, Mexico, Indonesia, Israel, Portugal, Thailand, China, Germany & Tunisia


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