By Glenys Furness
- Sonay Kartal & Anton Matusevich take the titles week 9
- Kartal didn’t drop a set en route
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Sonay Kartal & Anton Matusevich claimed the titles week 9 of the British Tour. Kartal didn’t drop a set, whilst Matusevich dropped only one.
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Sonay Kartal was the second seed in week 9 of the British Tour. Her first round opponent was Annalie Olivelle. The second seed dominated the first set, breaking Olivelle more or less at will. Kartal continued this form in the second set, losing only one game and moving into the second round 6-0, 6-1.
In the second round Kartal was facing Sally Pethybridge. The seed continued where they had left off in the first round with domination of the first set. Pethybridge managed to hold serve once in the set. In the second set Pethybridge started playing better, staying with Kartal. However, eventually the experience of Kartal showed as the seed broke serve and moved into the semi-final 6-1, 6-3.
The semi-final saw Kartal against fourth seed Nadia Rawson. The second seed and fourth seed stayed toe to toe at first, but Kartal managed to make the vital breakthrough in the first set to take the lead. In the second set Kartal stepped things up and managed to get through easier than before. Rawson was unable to stay with Kartal and it was the second seed the moved into the final 6-4, 6-2.
In the final Kartal was against the third seed Grace Piper. No matter what Piper threw at Kartal the second seed was equal to it. The second seed dominated the entire match, with Piper unable to do anything with the game of Kartal. The second seed produced amazing tennis to claim the title 6-0, 6-0.
Last week’s winner Anton Matusevich was drawn against Josh Rose in the first round. Matusevich was the top seed, and was expected to have no problems with Rose. The first set went according to the script with the seed totally dominating and losing only two games. However, the second set saw a fightback by Rose, who managed to stay with the top seed until the very end when Matusevich broke serve to move into the next round 6-2, 7-5.
In the second round the top seed was against Patrick Foley. This match was much easier for Matusevich who dominated both sets. Foley tried to come back, but was unable to and it was the top seed that progressed through in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The semi-final saw Matusevich against Dan Little. Just like the previous match, the top seed totally dominated. Little was unable to get back on terms as Matusevich continued the form of the previous match. Just like in the previous round, the top seed was able to move through in straight sets, also the same scoreline 6-2, 6-2.
In the final the top seed was the fifth seed Julian Cash. Cash got off to a great start, and managed something no one else had done so far this week. The fifth seed broke Matusevich and took the first set after a battle. However, the top seed regrouped and totally dominated the second set for the loss of one game. The ensuing match tiebreak saw the top seed edge into the lead and secure the victory 5-7, 6-1, 10-6.
Results Round Up
Sofia Johnson was defeated by Eliz Maloney in the first round 6-3, 6-4.
Billy Harris was defeated by Adam Jones in the first round 0-0 (RET).
Joseph Newman-Billington was defeated by Michael Shaw in the first round 6-2, 6-7(7), 10-5.
Katie Morris was defeated by Grace Piper in the first round 6-1, 6-0.
Michelle Dzjachangirova was defeated by Nadia Rawson in the first round 6-0, 6-2.
Alexis Canter was defeated by Jake Hersey in the first round 6-7(6), 6-2, 12-10.
George Houghton was defeated by Julian Cash in the first round 6-0, 6-7(4), 10-6.
Laura Bakhaye was defeated by Jessica Dawson in the first round 6-0, 6-0.
Annabel Davis was defeated by Danielle Daly in the first round 7-5, 6-4.
Brandon Murphy was defeated by Patrick Foley in the first round 6-4, 6-2.
Liam Hignett was defeated by Sean Hodkin in the first round 6-3, 6-2.
Erin Richardson was defeated by Eleanor Nobbs in the first round 7-6(6), 2-6, 13-11.
Arabella Moen was defeated by Sally Pethybridge in the first round 6-1, 6-1.
Mason Recci was defeated by Dan Little in the first round 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 10-6.
Jessica Dawson was defeated by Grace Piper in the second round 6-4, 6-0.
Sean Hodkin was defeated by Julian Cash in the second round 7-5, 6-4.
Danielle Daly was defeated by Nadia Rawson in the second round 6-3, 6-3.
Jake Hersey was defeated by Dan Little in the second round 7-6(3), 6-1.
Eleanor Nobbs was defeated by Eliz Maloney in the second round 6-3, 6-1.
Adam Jones was defeated by Michael Shaw in the second round 6-4, 6-4.
Eliz Maloney was defeated by Grace Piper in the semi-final 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
Michael Shaw was defeated by Julian Cash in the semi-final 6-2, 6-3.
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