By Glenys Furness
- Emily Appleton makes the semi-final in Caribbean French Territory
- The Brit didn’t drop a set en route
Martinique, Overseas Territory, France – Emily Appleton reached the semi-final in Martinique without dropping a set. The Brit was only defeated by the fourth seed.
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Brit of the Week
Emily Appleton travelled to the French overseas territory and was seeded fifth in the ITF event on Martinique. The Brit drew Dieuvela Gaspard in the first round. The player from Marion Island was no match for Appleton who dropped only one game to make the second round 6-1, 6-0.
In the second round the fifth seed was up against Brandy Mina. The Frenchwoman pushed hard in the first set and forced a tiebreak. Appleton edged the tiebreak to take the lead. Mina seemed to run out of steam as in the second set the seed dominated and only lost one game, taking the spot in the quarter-final in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-1.
The quarter-final saw Appleton face the second seed Eleni Kordolaimi. Although higher ranked the Greek was unable to cope with the Brit serve. Appleton dominated the first set and didn’t lose a game in the first set. In the second set Kordolaimi looked to fight back, however the fifth seed once again managed to break serve, sealing the semi-final spot in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brit was against fourth seed Alice Tubello. Appleton was broken in the first set and couldn’t get back on serve. However, the second set saw the fifth seed re-group to break twice and level the match. The final set was extremely close with neither wanting to give way. Ultimately a tiebreak decided who made the final, unfortunately it was the Frenchwomen who dominated to prevail 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(2).
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Terri Fleming in the first round in Martinique 6-4, 6-2.
Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Alice Tubello in the quarter-final in Martinique 6-3, 7-6(4).
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Mai Minokoshi in the first round in Hong Kong 7-6(1), 6-1.
Brydan Klein was defeated by Bradley Mousley in the third round in Canberra 6-4, 6-7(11), 7-5.
Jan Choinski was defeated by Jeffrey Wolf in the quarter-final in Columbus 6-2, 6-1.
Liam Broady was defeated by Laurynas Grigelis in the first round in Columbus 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Evan Zhu in the first round in Tucson 7-6(4), 6-4.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Martin Redlicki in the semi-final in Tucson 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.
Stuart Parker was defeated by Antoine Cornut Chauvinc in the quarter-final in France 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Alexander Romay was defeated by Denis Klok in the first round in Tunisia 6-0, 6-4.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Luca Giacomini in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-1, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Melbourne, Koblenz, France, Tunisia, Singapore & Turkey.
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