By Glenys Furness

  • Arthur Fery claimed the title in week 7 of the British Tour
  • Sonay Kartal claimed the ladies title in the final week
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Arthur Fery & Sonay Kartal claimed the titles in the final week of the British Tour second swing. Kartal took out the top seed in the final, Fery took out the top seed in the semi-final.

 

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In the first round Arthur Fery drew George Houghton. Neither players were seeded, in the first set Fery and Houghton were toe to toe until Fery made the breakthrough and took the lead. Houghton was unable to break back and the set was gone. The second set again saw Fery get the needed break to secure the win as Houghton failed to make a break back. Fery moved into the second round 6-4, 6-3.

The second round saw Fery was against the fourth seed Billy Harris. The unseeded Brit started well and got the break of serve needed to move ahead, whilst the fourth seed struggled to get back on terms. The second set was much closer, with Fery and Harris going toe to toe and forcing a tiebreak. In the breaker it was the un seeded player that moved ahead, with Harris unable to level up. Fery moved into the semi-final 6-4, 7-6(4).

In the semi-final Fery was facing the top seed Anton Matusevich. The first set was very tight, with Fery and Matusevich going toe to toe. Eventually Fery managed to break the top seed serve and move ahead. The second set saw the top seed re-group and break Fery to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was Fery that edged ahead to book a spot in the final 7-5, 3-6, 10-8.

The final saw Fery against the third seed Jonathan Gray. In the first set Fery broke the seed to move ahead and take the lead. The second set saw the seed re-group and break Fery to pull the match back level. The ensuing match tiebreak saw both players fighting for the points, however Fery edged ahead and Gray could not break back to give the win to Fery.

Ladies Event

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Sonay Kartal was the second seed on the WTA side, in the first round Kartal was drawn against Alicia Dudeney. The second seed dominated Dudeney, breaking more or less at will. No matter what the unseeded player tried they could not get back into the match. The seed moved into the next round 6-2, 6-2.

In the second round Kartal was against Lillian Mould. The second seed continued from where she had left off in the previous round. Kartal broke Mould in both sets without difficulty and took the lead, the unseeded player could not break back and Kartal moved into the semi-final 6-3, 6-3.

The semi-final pitched Kartal against the third seed Emma Wilson. For the first time in the event the second seed dropped serve and Wilson took the lead. Kartal re-grouped and totally dominated the second set, losing only one game. The final set match tiebreak saw the second seed get the lead and not look back, Kartal progressed to the final 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.

In the final the second seed was against the top seed Emily Appleton. The top seed had difficulty with holding serve in the first set, which Kartal took full advantage of. With Kartal dominating the first set, Appleton would need to stage a fight back in the second. The top seed got into her game in the second, however Kartal was not giving anything. The second seed secured the vital break of serve at the end of the set and claimed the title 6-1, 7-5.

 

British Tour Results Round Up

Luke Johnson was defeated by Alexis Canter in the first round 6-4, 6-2.

Vijay Sundar Prashanth was defeated by Anton Matusevich in the first round 6-1, 6-4.

Danielle Daly was defeated by Emily Appleton in the first round 6-2, 6-2.

Jake Hersey was defeated by Dan Little in the first round 6-4, 6-2.

Sean Hodkin was defeated by Julian Cash in the first round 6-4, 6-2.

Megan Carmichael was defeated by Jessica Dawson in the first round 7-6(5), 6-0.

Erin Richardson was defeated by Lillian Mould in the first round 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Yujiro Onuma was defeated by Jonathan Gray in the first round 6-3, 6-3.

Felix Gill was defeated by Billy Harris in the first round 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

Katherine Barnes was defeated by Sofia Johnson in the first round 6-2, 6-0.

Michelle Dzjachangirova was defeated by Emma Wilson in the first round 6-1, 6-1.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Lui Maxted in the first round 6-2, 6-1.

Aisling McGrane was defeated by Annali Olivelle in the first round 6-4, 7-5.

Gabby Chidwick was defeated by Eleanor Nobbs in the first round 6-3, 7-5.

Dan Little was defeated by Jonathan Gray in the second round 7-6(6), 6-3.

Eleanor Nobbs was defeated by Emma Wilson in the second round 6-3, 6-1.

Annali Olivelle was defeated by Sofia Johnson in the second round 2-6, 6-3, 10-5.

Julian Cash was defeated by Anton Matusevich in the second round 4-6, 6-4, 10-4.

Lui Maxted was defeated by Alexis Canter in the second round 6-4, 6-3.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Jonathan Gray in the semi-final 7-5, 6-2.

Sofia Johnson was defeated by Emily Appleton in the semi-final 7-5, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in New York (US Open), Kitzbühel, Istanbul, Saint Malo & Portugal.

 

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