By Glenys Furness

  • Jay Clarke made the semi-final in the Challenger event
  • Defeated by the eventual winner.
BURNIE, AUSTRALIA – Jay Clarke made the semi-final of the ATP Challenger event, before being defeated by the eventual winner.

 

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Brit of the Week

Jay Clarke entered the ATP Challenger event in Burnie, Australia and was seeded 16. The Brit had a bye in the first round. In the second round the seed was against Alessandro Bega. The Italian struggled to hold serve in the first set and Clarke dominated losing only one game. In the second set Bega began to play better, however the Brit managed to break serve again and move into the third round 6-1, 6-4.

In the third round the Brit was against the top seed Mirza Bašić. The Bosnian was favourite to win the clash on paper. Clarke, however, had other ideas. In the first set the Brit dominated again, with Bašić unable to compete with the game of the Brit who lost only one game. The second set saw the Bosnian trying to get back into the match, holding serve. Clarke managed to obtain the break needed to progress into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw Clarke against the tenth seed Stefano Napolitano. The Italian was a much tougher opponent and managed to break the Brits serve. Napolitano went on to hold and take the set to lead. In the second set Clarke re-grouped and managed to break the tenth seed and levelled up the match. The final set was competitive with both giving everything, but ultimately it was the Brit who came out on top breaking to take the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In the semi-final the Brit was against Steven Diez. The Canadian was unseeded, however gave Clarke all sorts of problems. The first set was very even with both giving everything. It was Diez that obtained the break, and the Brit was unable to break back. The second set was much the same, and although Clarke fought hard he was unable to prevent the break and lost the match 6-4, 6-4.

 

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Jan Choinski was defeated by Christian Harrison in the first round of Newport Beach 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4.

James Ward was defeated by Benoît Paire in the second round in Rennes 6-2, 7-6(5).

Andrew Watson was defeated by Peter Heller in the first round in Nussloch 6-3, 6-2.

Liam Broady was defeated by Botic Van De Zandschulp in the first round in Nussloch 6-1, 6-2.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Tobias Simon in the second round in Nussloch 7-6(4), 6-4.

Toby Martin was defeated by Pablo Vivero Gonzalez in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-4.

Sean Hodkin was defeated by Alexis Canter in the first round in Veigy-Foncenex 6-4, 6-3.

Anton Matusevich was defeated by Lucas Catarina in the first round in Veigy-Foncenex 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-1.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Raphael Baltensperger in the first round in Veigy-Foncenex 6-4, 6-4.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Hugo Grenier in the second round in Veigy-Foncenex 6-3, 6-1.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Lucas Catarina in the second round in Veigy-Foncenex 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Julian Cash was defeated by Altuğ Çelikbilek in the second round in Monastir 6-1, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Alen Avidzba in the second round in Monastir 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Riccardo Balzerani in the second round in Monastir 6-3, 6-0.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Irina Bara in the first round in Burnie 6-2, 2-0 RET.

Katie Swan was defeated by Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round in Burnie 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Clara Burel in the first round in Andrézieux-Bouthéon 6-3, 6-2.

Tara Moore was defeated by Ivana Jorović in the first round in Singapore 4-6, 6-3, 3-1 RET.

Naomi Broady was defeated by Elitsa Kostova in the first round in Singapore 6-2, 6-2.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Anastasia Dețiuc in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-3.

Katarzyna Pitak was defeated by Melanie Klaffner in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-0.

Aleksandra Pitak was defeated by Simona Waltert in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-1, 6-3.

Ella Taylor was defeated by Anna Ureke in the first round in Manacor 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Amanda Carreras was defeated by Rebeka Masarova in the quarter-final in Manacor 2-5 RET.

Next week Brits play in Cleveland, Quimper, Launceston, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Australia, India & Spain.

 

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