- Anton Matusevich took the title in week 6 of the British Tour
- Emily Appleton claimed runner up in the WTA event.
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Anton Matusevich was the top seed and claimed the trophy. Emily Appleton lost to the top seed but ended the week on a high.
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Another week of the British tour for the players unable to play in the US Open as no qualifying event was scheduled because of the worldwide pandemic. Anton Matusevich was the top seed on the ATP side and his first round opponent was Vijay Sundar Prashanth. The Indian was no match for the Brit who was on top form. Matusevich wasted little time in dispatching the Indian for the loss of only three games. No matter what Prashanth tried he was unable to handle the game of the Brit. The top seed progressed easily through 6-1, 6-2.
In the next round the top seed was against Sean Hodkin. Matusevich was once again on top form and Hodkin struggled against the game of the seed. The top seed dominated the entire match barely putting a foot wrong. Hodkin was unable to get into the match and found Matusevich far too strong. The top seed progressed through to the semi-final 6-2, 6-2.
The semi-final saw Matusevich against last weeks winner Arthur Fery. This proved to be the toughest match to date for the top seed. Fery and the top seed went toe to toe in the first set forcing a tiebreak. Matusevich edged through the tiebreak to take the lead. Fery however, re-grouped in the second set and broke the top seed serve. Fery held on to level the match and force a deciding set. Deciding sets in the British Tour events are played as match tiebreaks and first to 10 points with two points clear. Both players fought hard but it was the top seed that edged through to make the final 7-6)6), 4-6, 11-9.
In the final Matusevich was against Dan Little. The top seed was playing well and secured the break of serve required in each set. Not matter what Little tried he was unable to break back and get back on terms. It was the top seed that went on to claim the victory in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Emily Appleton was the second seed in the British Tour event this week. In the first round Appleton was drawn against Michelle Dzjachangirova. The Dutch player had difficulties with Appleton and was unable to match the second seeds game. Appleton moved into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
The second round saw Appleton up against Lilian Mould. In the first set the seed continued where she had left off in the last round, breaking Mould to take the lead. However, in the second set Mould started a fight back and went toe to toe with Appleton forcing a tiebreak. In the tiebreak the seed showed her class and moved ahead fairly quickly and easily with Mould unable to get back on terms. Appleton moved into the semi-final 6-4, 7-6(4).
In the semi-final the second seed was against Sally Pethybridge. The first set was a battle with both players fighting hard, however it was Appleton that managed to get the break of serve to move into the lead. This seemed to break the spirit of Pethybridge who couldn’t hold serve in the next set. Appleton moved into the final 6-4, 6-0.
The final saw the second seed against the top seed Yuriko Lily Miyazaki. Appleton went toe to toe with the top seed in the first set and forced a tiebreak, and it was the Brit who edged the breaker to take the lead. However, in the second set Miyazaki fought back and broke Appleton to level up. The ensuing match tie break was very close, but it was the Japanese player who edged through to claim back to back titles taking the match 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-8.
British Tour other results
Jessica Dawson was defeated by Yuriko Miyazaki in the first round 6-3, 6-1.
Jonathan Gray was defeated by Felix Gill in the first round 6-3, 7-6(4).
Danielle Hack was defeated by Lilian Mould in the first round 6-3, 6-3.
Sofia Johnson was defeated by Emma Wilson in the first round 6-4, 6-4.
Patrick Foley was defeated by Arthur Fery in the first round 7-5, 7-5.
Michael Shaw was defeated by Adam Jones in the first round 6-3, 6-2.
Nadia Rawson was defeated by Katherine Barnes in the first round 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Annabel Davis was defeated by Sonay Kartal in the first round 6-1, 6-0.
Alexis Canter was defeated by Brandon Murphy in the first round 6-2, 0-6, 10-4.
George Houghton was defeated by Julian Cash in the first round 7-6(7), 6-3.
Sophie Hurrion was defeated by Sally Pethybridge in the first round 6-2, 6-4.
Erin Richardson was defeated by Danielle Daly in the first round 6-2, 6-4.
Jake Hersey was defeated by Sean Hodkin in the first round 6-2, 7-5.
Jack Gibbens was defeated by Dan Little in the first round 6-4, 6-3.
Julian Cash was defeated by Dan Little in the second round 6-2, 1-6, 10-6.
Danielle Daly was defeated by Sonay Kartal in the second round 6-1, 6-1.
Adam Jones was defeated by Felix Gill in the second round 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.
Emma Wilson was defeated by Yuriko Miyazaki in the second round 6-0, 5-7, 10-5
Katherine Barnes was defeated by Sally Pethybridge in the second round 6-2, 6-1.
Brandon Murphy was defeated by Arthur Fery in the second round 6-1, 2-1 (RET).
Sonay Kartal was defeated by Yurkio Miyazaki in the semi-final 6-3, 6-4.
Felix Gill was defeated by Dan Little in the semi-final 6-0, 7-5.
Other results round up
Jay Clarke was defeated by Daniel Masur in the second round in Prague 7-6(5), 6-1.
Liam Broady was defeated by Mario Vilella Martínez in the quarter-final in Trieste 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in New York (US Open), Roehampton, Prague, Cordenons, Ukraine, Portugal, Spain & Italy.
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