By Glenys Furness
- Liam Broady claimed first challenger tour title
- Brit didn’t drop a set all week
BIEL, SWITZERLAND – Liam Broady claimed his first challenger tour level title. The Brit was seeded fifth and didn’t drop a set all week.
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Brit of the Week
Liam Broady entered the Flowbank Challenger and was the fifth seed. The Brit was looking for his first challenger title after seven previous finals. Would the Brit make the final here and take that extra step.
In the first round Broady drew Andrey Kuznetsov. The Russian made the main draw as an alternate. The first set saw the Brit and the Russian go toe to toe with neither player able to get ahead. However, right at the end of the set Broady made the breakthrough. The Brit got the break of serve and took the set. In the second set the Brit worked out the game of the Russian, breaking early. Kuznetsov tried to fight back but was unable to get the break back. Broady moved into the next round 7-5, 6-3.
The second round saw the Brit against Hugo Grenier. The Frenchman managed to stay with Broady in the first set, until the seed secured the needed break of serve. Grenier tried to fight back in the second set. However, the Brit was having non of it and broke early to book a spot in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan. The first set was a tight affair as neither player wanted to give in. Eventually a tiebreak ensued which the seed dominated to take the lead. In he second set Broady continued where he had left off. Ramanathan was unable to stop the seed from breaking serve. Broady moved into the semi-final in straight sets 7-6(2), 6-2.
The semi-final saw the fifth seed against wild card Dominic Stricker. The Swiss player had dispatched his fellow countryman and second seed in the second round. The Brit dominated the match from start to finish. Stricker struggled to get points on the board. The fifth seed was soon into his eighth challenger final as he dispatched Stricker without losing a game. The Swiss retired with the score standing at 6-0, 2-0.
In the final Broady was playing another Swiss player seventh seed Marc-Andrea Huesler. The crowd wanted their home player to win. However, the Brit was up for spoiling the party. The first set was tight, as Broady and Huesler went toe to toe. Finally, right at the end of the set Broady secured the break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the Brit break again to leave him serving for the title. Broady held his nerve, and served out to love to claim his first challenger title 7-5, 6-3.
Alastair Gray entered the ITF event in Johannesburg on a Special Exempt. In the first round Gray drew fellow Brit qualifier Julian Cash. Gray, who had won the title last week broke early in the first set to take the lead. Cash tried but was unable to get back into the match, Gray broke again in the second set, and moved into the next round 6-3, 6-3.
The second round saw Gray against German Sebastian Prechtel. Gray managed to secure the early break in the first set and Prechtel was unable to break back. The second set was pure domination by the Brit. Gray did not drop a game and booked a spot in the quarter-final 6-3, 6-0.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against home favourite Khololwam Montsi. The first set was dominated by Gray who did not let the South African get many games on the board. The second set was closer, as Montsi started to work out the game of Gray. However, the Brit secured the vital break of serve required to take a place in the semi-final 6-2, 6-4.
The semi-final saw the Brit against sixth seed Mateus Alves. The Brazilian stayed with Gray in the first set, until the Brit managed to secure the break of serve to take the lead. Alves re-grouped in the second set. The Brazilian mounted a fightback and levelled up the match. In the final set, it was the Brit who came out better, dominating Alves and booking the spot in the final 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
In the final Gray was against the fourth seed Michail Pervolarakis. The Greek got off to the better start and secured a break of serve on the Brit. However, Gray regrouped and broke Pervolarakis to level up the match. The final set was dominated by Gray who took the title 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jay Clarke was defeated by Riccardo Bonadio in the first round in Bucharest 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-2.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Max Purcell in the second round in Columbus 6-3, 7-6(7).
Ben Jones was defeated by Otto Virtanan in the first round in Jonkoping 6-4, 6-3.
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Marvin Moeller in the first round in Jonkoping 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Daniel Little was defeated by Filip Bergevi in the second round in Jonkoping 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-5.
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Tessah Andrianjafitrimo in the quarter-final in Johannesburg 6-3, 6-1.
Toby Martin was defeated by Alexander Wels in the second round in Pardubice 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2.
Felix Gill was defeated by Franco Emanuel Egea in the second round in Ulcinj 6-2, 6-4.
Oscar Weightman was defeated by Mario Mansilla Diez in the first round in Melilla 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.
Amanda Carreras was defeated by Irina Maria Bara in the first round in Valencia 6-4, 6-3.
Naiktha Bains was defeated by Francesca Jones in the first round in Valencia 6-3, 6-1.
Francesca Jones was defeated by Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov in the quarter-final in Valencia 7-6(4), 6-1.
Billy Harris was defeated by Edoardo Lavagno in the semi-final in Cairo 6-3, 6-4.
Blu Baker was defeated by Pedro Vives Marcos in the first round in Fayetteville 6-7(0), 6-1, 6-1.
Finn Bass was defeated by Shang Juncheng in the second round in Fayetteville 6-2, 6-4.
Paul Jubb was defeated by Henry Patten in the quarter-final in Fayetteville 7-6(8), 6-4.
Henry Patten was defeated by Mark Whitehouse in the semi-final in Fayetteville 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Shang Juncheng in the final in Fayetteville 6-3, 6-0.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Isabella Shinikova in the second round in Santarem 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Eden Silva was defeated by Anastasia Tikhonova in the second round in Santarem 7-5, 6-4.
Next Week Brits play in Aldershot, San Diego, Sofia, Sibiu, Lisbon, Sweden, South Africa, Hungary, Macedonia, France, Egypt, USA, Mexico, Chicago, Nur Sultan, & Portugal.
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