- Jack Draper made the final in Prague
- Brit defeated top seed en route
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Jack Draper entered the ITF event and progressed to the final. The Brit defeated the top seed along the way.
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Jack Draper entered the ITF event in Prague and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit was up against Adam Pavlásek. The Czech qualifier struggled in the first set, barely holding serve. Draper took full advantage and dominated to take the lead. In the second set the Czech played better, however the Brit was able to get the vital break of serve needed to move into the second round in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
The second round saw Draper against Jan Šátral. The Czech qualifier had defeated the sixth seed in the first round, so looked to continue that form. The Brit however, had other ideas. In the first set Draper was in great form and broke Šátral to take the lead. The second set was dominated by the Brit who lost only one game to move into the next round 6-2, 6-1.
In the quarter-final Draper was against the top seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski. The Brit continued where he had left off in the previous round, breaking the American to take the lead. The second set was much tighter, as Kwiatkowski fought hard to level up. Fortunately, Draper was able to secure a break of serve right at the end of the set and moved into the semi-final 6-3, 7-5.
The semi-final pitched the Brit against Czech wildcard Dalibor Svrcina. Draper and the Czech went toe to toe in the first set, neither player giving an inch. As both players couldn’t be broken a tiebreak ensued. In the breaker Svrcina edged ahead and took the set. Draper fought back in the second, and although a very tight affair the Brit managed to break serve to level. The final set was all one way traffic as Draper dominated the Czech to book a place in the final 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-2.
In the final Draper was against Manuel Guinard. The Frenchman played better than the Brit and managed to break serve, Draper was not able to break back. In the second set Guinard continue to force the issue, and Draper just could not get a break. Unfortunately, the Frenchman could and Guinard took the match 6-4, 6-3.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Alexis Canter was defeated by Alexandros Skorilas in the first round in Jerusalem 6-1, 6-4.
Julian Cash was defeated by Zane Khan in the second round in Jerusalem 7-6(3), 6-4.
Emily Appleton was defeated by Lina Glushko in the second round in Jerusalem 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Clara Vlasselaer in the second round in Jerusalem 6-4, 6-3.
Luke Johnson was defeated by Yannik Mertens in the second round in Troisdorf 7-6(9), 6-4.
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Fanny Ostlund in the first round in Antalya 6-3, 6-4.
Freya Christie was defeated by Daria Lodikova in the second round in Monastir 6-2, 6-4.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Miharu Imanishi in the quarter-final in Monastir 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
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