By Glenys Furness
- Paul Jubb claimed the title in Portugal
- Brit took out two seeds en route
SINTRA, PORTUGAL, Paul Jubb entered the ITF event and was unseeded. The Brit took out the third and eighth seeds en route.
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Paul Jubb entered the ITF event in Portugal, the Brit was unseeded. In the first round Jubb drew qualifier Alastair Gray. In the first set Gray stayed with Jubb until the Yorkshireman secured the break of serve and moved into the lead. The second set was much the same, as Jubb once again took the vital break of serve and moved into the second round 6-4, 6-4.
The second round saw Jubb against the third seed Anton Matusevich. The Brits fought tooth and nail, but were unable to edge ahead. A tiebreak ensued in the first set. Jubb managed to obtain the mini break and stay ahead to take the lead. The second set had the same intensity, neither Brit giving an inch. Once again at tiebreak ensued. This time though Jubb dominated the breaker as Matusevich was unable to stay with the Yorkshireman. Jubb moved into the quarter-final 7-6(5), 7-6(1).
In the quarter-final the Brit was against Govind Nanda. The Brit started stronger, and got the break of serve against the American. Jubb moved into the lead as Nanda could not break back. The second set saw the momentum switch. The American got on top of the Brit serve and levelled up the match. The final set saw Jubb re-group and dominate Nanda to gain the spot in the semi-final 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
The semi-final saw Jubb against Luis Farla. The Portuguese was no match for the Brit in the first set. Jubb dominated and lost only one game. The second set was slightly closer as Farla tried to make a match of it. The Portuguese held serve more, but ultimately, it was Jubb that made the breakthrough and booked a spot in the final 6-1, 6-3.
In the final the Brit was against the eighth seed Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna. The Argentine stayed toe to toe with Jubb in the first set. A tiebreak looked inevitable, however, Jubb managed to break serve and take the lead. The second set saw the Argentine battle hard, but it was the Brit who got the break of serve and took the title 7-5, 6-4.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Daniel Little was defeated by Anton Matusevich in the first round in Sintra 6-4, 6-4.
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Antoine Escoffier in the first round in Sintra 6-2, 6-2.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Felix Corwin in the second round in Sintra 6-3, 6-0.
Jay Clarke was defeated by Timofey Skatov in the first round in Kiev 7-5, 6-2.
Jack Draper was defeated by Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the second round in Seville 6-5 (RET).
Liam Broady was defeated by Lucas Pouille in the semi-final in Cassis 6-4, 6-3.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Kyoka Okamura in the first round in Leiria 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
Blu Baker was defeated by Gustavo Heide in the quarter-final in Ibague 7-6(4), 6-3.
Stuart Parker was defeated by Christian Sgisgaard in the second round in Monastir 1-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Chloe Paquet in the second round in Montreux 6-4, 6-2.
Francesca Jones was defeated by Beatriz Haddad Maia in the final in Montreaux 6-4, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Szczecin, Cary, Rennes, Portugal, South Africa, Columbia, Spain, Montenegro, Bulgaria, USA, Portoroz, Luxembourg, Czech Republic & Bath.
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