By Glenys Furness

  • Paul Jubb claims back to back titles in Sintra
  • Alastair Gray & Ryan Storrie also claim singles titles
SINTRA, PORTUGAL, Paul Jubb was seeded fifth and claimed back to back titles. Alastair Gray & Ryan Storrie also claimed singles titles in South Africa & Bulgaria.

 

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Brit of the Week

Paul Jubb stayed in Sintra for a second week. After winning the title last week the Brit was hoping for a repeat. Jubb was the fifth seed. In the first round the Brit drew Fabio Coelho. The Portuguese was no match for the fifth seed in the first set, as Jubb dominated. The second set was closer, but the fifth seed secured the break of serve required to move into the next round 6-1, 6-4.

The second round Jubb was against Luciano Darderi. The Italian stayed with Jubb at the start of the first set, eventually though, it was the Brit who broke to take the lead. The second set was much the same. Darderi tried to fight back, but Jubb was just too strong and moved into the next round 6-3, 6-3.

In the quarter-final Jubb was against the top seed Yuta Shimizu. The Japanese found the Brit too hot to handle, as Jubb broke serve early in the first set. The second set was tighter as Shimizu tried to fight back. The Brit, however was not going away. Jubb broke again to take the match and move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-4.

The semi-final saw the Brit against fourth seed Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna. The Argentina stayed with Jubb in the first set, until the fifth seed secured the break opportunity and took the lead. In the second set the Brit was too strong for the Argentine. Jubb dominated the second set to move into the final 6-4, 6-1.

In the final Jubb was against unseeded Spaniard Alejandro Moro Canas. The fifth seed dominated throughout. No matter what the Spaniard tried in the first set, he could not get a game on the board. The second set saw better play by the Spaniard, however Jubb still dominated and lifted the title 6-0, 6-2.

 

Honourable Mentions

Alastair Gray was unseeded and entered the ITF event in Johannesburg. In the first round the Brit drew the top seed Konstantin Kravchuk. The Russian was favourite for the match, however Gray had other ideas. The Brit secured a break of serve in the first set to take the lead. The second set saw the Brit break Kravchuk early to progress into the next round 6-4, 6-3.

In the second round the Brit was against South African Vasillios Caripi. Gray dominated the match from start to finish. Carpiri was only able to get one game on the board as the Brit eased through. Caripi could just not get into the match and Gray progressed 6-0, 6-1.

The quarter-final saw Gray against Alafia Ayeni. The American found the Brit far too good in the first set. Gray dominated the first set to take the lead. The second set was a little closer as Ayeni fought hard to level up the match. However, Gray secured the break of serve required to move into the next round 6-2, 6-4.

In the semi-final Gray was against Dylan Salton. The South African was outplayed in the first set by the Brit, who dominated. The second set was closer. Salton fought hard, but the Brit secured the vital break of serve against the South African to move into the final 6-1, 6-4.

The final saw Gray against Australian Jeremy Beale. The first set was extremely tight as both players stayed toe to toe. Eventually a tiebreak ensued and it was the Brit that edged ahead to take the lead. The second set saw Gray secure the vital break of serve to take the title 7-6(4), 6-4.

Ryan Storrie entered the ITF event in Sozopol (Bulgaria). In the first round the Brit took on Vladimir Korolev. The Russian dominated the first set as Storrie struggled with his game. However, the Brit re-grouped and broke Korolev in the second set to level up the match. The final set saw the Brit dominate to move into the next round 0-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The second round saw the Brit against the second seed Bogdan Ionut Apostol. The Romanian stayed with Storrie in the first set early on. However, the Brit broke the Russian to take the lead and didn’t look back. The Brit dominated the second set to book a spot in the next round 6-3, 6-1.

In the quarter-final Storrie was due to face fifth seed Simon Anthony Ivanov. The Bulgarian did not take to the court and handed the Brit a walk over into the semi-final 0-0 (RET).

The semi-final saw Storrie against sixth seed Valentin Vacherot. The Frenchman was no match for the Brit who dominated in both sets. Vacherot tried to stay with the Brit, but Storrie was too strong and moved into the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

In the final the Brit was against the top seed German Kai Wehnelt. The first set was close, but eventually Storrie broke through to take the lead. Wehnelt regrouped in the second set and dominated the Brit to level up the match. The final set saw Storrie re assert himself and dominate the German to lift the title 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

 

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Daniel Little was defeated by John Echevrria in the first round in Sintra 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Evan Hoyt was defeated by Yuta Shimizu in the second round in Sintra 6=0, 6-2.

Jack Gibbens was defeated by Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna in the second round in Sintra 6-2, 6-2.

Eden Silva was defeated by Beatriz Haddad Maia in the first round in Caldas Da Rainha 6-0, 6-1.

Julian Cash was defeated by Alec Beckley in the first round in Johannesburg 6-4, 7-6(2).

Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Valeria Bhunu in the quarter-final in Johannesburg 6-2, 6-2.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Kai Wehnelt in the second round in Sozopol 6-2, 6-4.

Jasmine Conway was defeated by Oana Gavrila in the second round in Sozopol 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Zdenek Kolar in the second round in Szczecin 6-1, 6-1.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Bjorn Fratangelo in the quarter-final in Cary 6-3, 7-5.

Andy Murray was defeated by Roman Safiullin in the second round in Rennes 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

Liam Broady was defeated by Benjamin Bonzi in the quarter-final in Rennes 6-4, 6-2.

Blu Baker was defeated by Gerado Lopez Villasenor in the second round in Medellin 7-5, 6-4.

Felix Gill was defeated by Alejo Lorenzo Lingua Lavallen in the final in Ulcinj 6-3, 6-2.

Emile Hudd was defeated by Drew Baird in the second round in Champaign, Illinois 6-2, 7-5.

Heather Watson was defeated by Sorana Cirstea in the first round in Portoroz 6-1, 6-3.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Oksana Selekhmeteva in the second round in Valencia 7-6(3), 3-6, 0-5 (RET).

Next week Brits play in Metz, Bucharest, Columbus, Biel, Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Spain, Egypt, USA & Portugal.

 

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