By Glenys Furness
- Matilda Mutavdzic claimed Gold in Baku
- Brit was second seed in the Youth Olympics girls singles
- Dropped one set en route
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – Matilda Mutavdzic claimed Gold in the girls singles at the Youth Olympics. The Brit only lost one set en route to the medal.
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Brit of the Week
Matilda Mutavdzic travelled to Baku as part of Team GB for the Youth Olympics 2019. The young Brit was seeded second in the girls singles. The 15 year old had a bye in the first round. In the second round Mutavdzic was against Johanne Svendsen. The Dane took the advantage early, securing a break of serve that the Brit couldn’t get back.
The Brit re-grouped in the second set though, and totally dominated the Dane. Mutavdzic lost only one game in the second set and had levelled up the match. The final set was a first to ten points match tiebreak. The seed once again dominated and moved into the third round 4-6, 6-1, 10-3.
In the third round the Brit was against Matilde Morais. The Portuguese player was no match for the Brit. Mutavdzic outplayed Morais who was unable to do anything with the Brits game. The young Brit stormed into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-0.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against Chelsea Fontenel. The Swiss tried to stay with Mutavdzic in the first set, being broken once and unable to break back. Fontenel faded from here as the Brit stepped things up and only lost one further game to move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-1.
In the semi-final the Brit was against Oceane Babel with the winner guaranteed a medal. Despite the best efforts of the French player, it was Mutavdzic that moved ahead with ease in the first set. No matter what Babel threw at the Brit nothing worked. Mutavdzic moved to the Gold medal match 6-2, 6-2.
The Gold medal match saw the Brit against Russian Maria Sholokhova. Mutavdzic totally controlled the match with the Russian unable to get a look in. Sholokhova tried to fight but the Brit was too strong and claimed the Gold medal in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Skander Mansouri in the first round in Granby 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).
Brydan Klein was defeated by Jordi Arconada in the first round in Granby 7-6(8), 7-5.
Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Nao Hibino in the first round in Granby 6-2, 6-4.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Collin Altamirano in the first round in Binghamton 6-1, 7-6(0).
Jan Choinski was defeated by Nikola Milojević in the second round in Prague 6-3, 6-0.
Liam Broady was defeated by Oliver Crawford in the semi-final in Champaign 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Katie Swan was defeated by Ellen Perez in the semi-final in Ashland 7-6(6), 0-6, 6-3.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Jaimee Angele in the first round in Cancun 6-3, 6-4.
Jack Gibbens was defeated by Christian Langmo in the second round in Cancun 6-4, 6-3.
Deji Thomas-Smith was defeated by Alessandro Ingarao in the first round in Tabarka 6-1, 6-1.
Stuart Parker was defeated by Sebastian Baez in the semi-final in Tabarka 6-1, 6-3.
Anna Popescu was defeated by Maelys Bougrat in the quarter-final in Tabarka 6-4, 6-2.
Toby Martin was defeated by Alexander Erler in the first round in Wels 7-5, 7-5.
Samantha Murray was defeated by Ioana Loredana Roșca in the first round in Vitoria-Gasteiz 7-6(5), 7-6(10).
Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Barbara Bonić in the first round in Vitoria-Gasteiz 6-4, 6-4.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Mari Osaka in the first round in Porto 7-5, 7-5.
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Eden Silva in the first round in Porto 6-2, 6-1.
Eden Silva was defeated by Guiomar Maristany Zuleta De Reales in the quarter-final in Porto 1-0 RET.
Ali Collins was defeated by Francesca Bullani in the first round in Les Contamines-Montjoie 6-2, 6-0.
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