By Glenys Furness
- Jay Clarke made the semi-final in ATP Burnie Challenger
- Defeated fourth seed en route
BURNIE, TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA – Jay Clarke entered the ATP Challenger and was the sixth seed. The Brit defeated the fourth seed along the way.
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Brit of the Week
Jay Clarke entered the ATP Challenger event in Burnie and was the sixth seed. The Brit had a bye in the first round. In the second round Clarke was up against another Brit Brydan Klein. The sixth seed started slowly, as was seen by Klein breaking at will in the first set. However, Clarke fought back well and gained the break of serve to level up the match. The final set was fairly close, but the seed took the break of serve and held on 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The third round saw the Brit against Daniel Altmaier. The German was no match for Clarke in the first set, as the Brit broke at will to take the lead. In the second set Altmaier stood firm and forced a tiebreak, which the German edged to bring the match level. The final set saw the Brit gain the break of serve and move into the next round 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brit was facing the fourth seed Alex Bolt. The Australian got the better of Clarke in the first set, breaking serve. However, Clarke regrouped in the next set keeping the match tight and levelling up with a break right at the end. In the final set the sixth seed totally dominated the Aussie and booked a semi-final spot 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
The semi-final saw Clarke up against the top seed Taro Daniel. The Japanese player was too good for the Brit and needed only one break of serve to take the lead. In the second set, Clarke could do nothing with the game of Daniel and ultimately ended a good week by losing to the eventual tournament winner 6-3, 6-1.
Luke Johnson entered the ITF event in Tunisia and in the first round was up against Tiago Cação. The Portuguese took the first set from the Brit in what was a very tight affair. However, the Brit regrouped in the second set and dominated the Portuguese player. In the final set the pair went toe to toe and forced a tiebreak. Johnson edged the breaker and moved into the next round 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(10).
In the second round Johnson was up against the second seed Enrico Dalla Valle. The Italian, although higher ranked, had nothing against the Brit. Johnson totally dominated the seed and lost only one game to move into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-0.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against Moez Echargui. The Tunisian had the local crowd behind him, but this was not going to go his way. Johnson broke in both sets and Echargui could not break back, the Brit sealed the match in straight sets and moved into the semi-final 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final Johnson was against Gauthier Onclin. The Belgian had nothing in the first set against Johnson, who totally dominated and took the lead. Onclin fought back in the second set and broke the Brit to level up the match. The final set was dominated by the Belgian. Onclin went on to take the match 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Liam Broady was defeated by Michail Pervolarakis in the second round in Burnie 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(1).
James Ward was defeated by Daniel Elahi Galán in the first round in Newport Beach 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Naiktha Bains was defeated by Abbie Myers in the second round in Burnie 6-3, 6-3.
Katy Dunne was defeated by Emeline Dartron in the first round in Tunisia 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-3.
Stuart Parker was defeated by Matteo Martineau in the quarter-final in France 6-4, 6-4.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Strong Kirchheimer in the second round in Mexico 6-2, 7-6(3).
Emily Appleton was defeated by Eva Vedder in the first round in Mexico 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Jodie Burrage was defeated by Simona Waltert in the second round in Thailand 6-4, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Montpellier, Launceston, Tunisia, Slovakia, USA, Thailand, Mexico & Spain.
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