By Glenys Furness
- Katie Swan made the semi-final in Playford
- Brit didn’t drop en route
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Katie Swan reached the semi-final of the ITF event. The Brit had not dropped a set all tournament before the run ended.
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Brit of the Week
Katie Swan entered the ITF Playford event and was the fourth seed. In the first round the Brit was up against Italian Martina Di Giuseppe, the first set saw the Brit totally dominate losing only one game. In the second set Di Giuseppe mounted a fightback. The Italian forced a tiebreak which the fourth seed edged to move into the next round 6-1, 7-6(5).
In the second round the Brit faced Irina Ramialison. The first set was again dominated by the fourth seed with Swan only losing one game. The French player tried to force a way back in the second set, however it was the Brit who secured the break of serve and took the match, booking a spot in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-4.
The quarter-final saw Swan against Kaylah McPhee. The Australian had the crowd with her but was no match for the Brit. Taking the break of serve needed in both sets, the fourth seed had little problem in securing the semi-final spot in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
In the semi-final the Brit was against the sixth seed Elena Rybakina. The Kazakh got an early break of serve in the first set with Swan unable to even back up. The fourth seed tried to fight back in the second set, unfortunately it was Rybakina that once again took the advantage and broke serve. Ending the run of the Brit at the semi-final stage, however Swan has made a great start to the new season with the spot in the semi-final 3-6, 4-6.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the quarter-finals in Playford 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3).
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Daria Lopatetskaya in the first round in Hong Kong 7-6(1), 6-3.
Naomi Broady was defeated by Moyuka Uchijima in the second round in Hong Kong 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Evan Hoyt was defeated by Jenson Brooksby in the first round in Los Angeles 6-4, 6-2.
Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by Brandon Holt in the first round in Los Angeles 6-4, 6-2.
Dan Evans was defeated by Kamil Majchrzak in the first round in Playford 7-6(1), 6-4.
Liam Broady was defeated by Norbert Gombos in the second round in Orlando 7-5, 6-2.
Jan Choinski was defeated by Sam Riffice in the first round in Orlando 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
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