- Anton Matusevich dropped only one set en route
- Eliz Maloney defeated the top seed to lift title
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Anton Matusevich & Eliz Maloney claimed top honours in week 8 of the British Tour.
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Eliz Maloney kicked off week 8 of the British tour taking on Sophia Hurrion. Maloney was the second seed in the indoor event. The second seed dominated the entire match as Hurrion struggled to get any games on the board. Maloney moved into the next round easily in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
In the quarter-final Maloney was up against Eleanor Nobbs. The second seed was one again in dominating form as Nobbs found the game of Maloney tricky. The seed raced through the first set for loss of only one game. In the second set Nobbs fought harder and managed more games. However, Maloney was not to be stopped and continued to dominate, moving into the semi-final 6-1, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the second seed against third seed Sonay Kartal. The third seed dominated the first set as Maloney struggled with her game. However, in the next set Maloney fought back and broke to level up the match. As the format is to play a final set match tiebreak it was a race to 10 points. The breaker was tight, but eventually Maloney edged ahead to book a final spot 1-6, 6-4, 10-7.
In the final Maloney was against the top seed Emily Appleton. The top seed started better and like Kartal previously managed to break the second seed serve. However, Maloney re-grouped and fought back to level up the match. Another match tiebreak followed to decide the title, once again the second seed edged ahead and lifted the trophy 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.
Anton Matusevich was the top seed at the event. In the first round he was against Daniel Little. The match was very tight, as the players stayed toe to toe, both sets went to a tiebreak which the top seed took to move into the quarter-final 7-6(3), 7-6(5).
In the quarter-final Matusevich was against Adam Jones. The top seed had an easier match than the first round as Jones was not able to do anything with the game of Matusevich. Jones was soon broken and was unable to fight back, so Matusevich moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-0.
The semi-final pitched the top seed against the fourth seed Sean Hodkin. Matusevich started well and broke Hodkin to get the lead. However, in the second set Hodkin fought back, forcing a tiebreak. The fourth seed took the lead n the tiebreak and levelled up the match. The match tiebreak was tight as Hodkin & Matusevich each fought hard to get the win. Eventually the top seed edged ahead and moved into the final 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-7.
In the final the top seed was against the second seed Billy Harris. Matusevich was all over the game of Harris and broke the second seed in both sets to claim the win in straight sets. Matusevich claimed another British Tour win, his last being in week 6. The top seed celebrated victory 6-2, 6-3.
British Tour Results Round Up
Erin Richardson was defeated by Emily Appleton in the first round 6-3, 6-0.
Patrick Foley was defeated by Billy Harris in the first round 6-2, 7-6(5).
Danielle Daly was defeated by Sonal Kartal in the first round 6-1, 6-0.
Danielle Hack was defeated by Grace Piper in the first round 6-2, 6-2.
Matthew Doe was defeated by Sean Hodkin in the first round 6-0, 6-1.
Tom Skinner was defeated by Julian Cash in the first round 6-0, 6-2.
Joseph Newman-Billington was defeated by George Houghton in the first round 6-4, 7-6(8).
Megan Carmichael was defeated by Annali Olivelle in the first round 6-4, 6-2.
Asling McGrane was defeated by Sally Pethybridge in the first round 6-4, 6-2.
Brandon Murphy was defeated by Adam Jones in the first round 6-3, 6-0.
Jake Hersey was defeated by Michael Shaw in the first round 6-3, 4-6, 18-16.
Lara Bakhaya was defeated by Eleanor Nobbs in the first round 6-3, 6-1.
Mayele Bassega was defeated by Emma Wilson in the first round 6-1, 6-1.
Liam Hignett was defeated by Robert Leck in the first round 7-6(6), 7-6(5).
Sally Pethybridge was defeated by Emily Appleton in the quarter-final 6-3, 6-3.
Emma Wilson was defeated by Grace Piper in the quarter-final 6-2, 7-6(4).
George Hougton was defeated by Julian Cash in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-3.
Michael Shaw was defeated by Billy Harris in the quarter-final 6-3, 6-2.
Annali Olivelle was defeated by Sonay Kartal in the quarter-final 6-1, 6-2.
Robert Leck was defeated by Sean Hodkin in the quarter-final 7-6(5), 6-4.
Grace Piper was defeated by Emily Appleton in the semi-final 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.
Julian Cash was defeated by Billy Harris in the semi-final 7-6(5), 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Roehampton, French Open, Barcelona & Sharm El Sheikh
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