By Glenys Furness

  • Maia Lumsden picked up first ITF 25K title
  • Defeated third seed along the way
SHREWSBURY, UK – Maia Lumsden picked up her first ITF 25K title at the UK event. The Brit defeated the third seed along the way.


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Brit of the Week

Maia Lumsden entered the ITF 25K event in Shrewsbury and was unseeded. Having come through qualifying as the top seed the Brits first round opponent was Eva Guerrero Alvarez. The Spaniard tried to break the serve of Lumsden but it was the Brit who came out on top. The second set was even closer as Guerrero Alvarez nearly forced a tiebreak. However, Lumsden broke serve just when needed and moved into the second round 6-4, 7-5.

In the second round the Brit was facing Caroline Werner. The German had defeated the sixth seed in the first round, however Werner was no match for Lumsden. Both sets saw the Brit dominate and break twice in each to move into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw Lumsden facing third seed Austrian Barbara Haas. In the first set both players stayed toe-to-toe, before the Brit managed to get the break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the momentum stay with Lumsden as the third seed struggled. Haas was unable to get a game on the board and the Brit moved comfortably into the semi-final 7-5, 6-0.

In the semi-final the Brit was against Greet Minnen. Lumsden secured the break of serve in the first set and stayed ahead to take the lead. The Belgian fought back in the second set and managed to break the Brits serve levelling up the match. In the final set it was Lumsden who secured the vital break of serve and moved into the final 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The final saw Lumsden against Valeria Savinykh. With the home crowd in good voice the Brit dominated the first set and the Russian couldn’t get into the swing of things. The second set saw the Russian mount a fightback and get a break of serve against Lumsden and level the match. The final set saw the Brit break the serve of Savinykh and served out for the title 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Ali Collins was defeated by Arantxa Rus in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-3, 6-4.

Eden Silva was defeated by Pemra Özgen in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-0, 6-0.

Holly Staff was defeated by Eleni Kordolaimi in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-2, 6-2.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Valeria Savinykh in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-2, 6-3.

Freya Christie was defeated by Isabella Shinikova in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-4, 6-4.

Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Laura-Ioana Andrei in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-2, 6-4.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Ana Vrljić in the first round in Shrewsbury 7-6(3), 6-1.

Billy Harris was defeated by Igor Smilansky in the first round in Thailand 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Adam Jones was defeated by Baptiste Crepatte in the first round in Greece 6-3, 6-3.

Jack Gibbens was defeated by Michail Pervolarakis in the first round in Greece 6-4, 6-1.

Jake Hersey was defeated by Markos Kalovelonis in the first round in Greece 7-6(4), 6-3.

Joshua Rose was defeated by Lucas Catarina in the first round in Greece 7-6(2), 6-3.

George Loffhagen was defeated by Baptiste Crepatte in the quarter-final in Greece 6-3, 6-0.

Jonathan Binding was defeated by Michal Dembek in the first round in Kuwait 6-4, 6-2.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Ergi Kırkın in the second round in Kuwait 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Adil Kalyanpur in the second round in Kuwait 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Evgenii Tiurnev in the quarter-final in Estonia 6-0, 7-5.

Patrick Foley was defeated by Matias Franco Descotte in the second round in Mozambique 6-3, 6-1.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Tyler Lu in the quarter-final in Mozambique 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Naomi Broady was defeated by Belinda Bencic in the second round in Las Vegas 6-4, 6-2.

Heather Watson was defeated by Danielle Lao in the second round in Las Vegas 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Alexa Guarachi in the second round in Chile 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Next week Brits play in London, Bangalore, Houston, Champaign, Kobe, USA Futures, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, Finland, Mozambique, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Taipei, India & Spain.


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