By Glenys Furness
- Luke Johnson claims victory despite losing two matches in the week
- Sonay Kartal wins the WTA losing only one match during the week
WEYBRIDGE, SURREY – Luke Johnson & Sonal Kartal claim the victories in week four of the UK Pro-series. Both Johnson and Kartal lost matches in the week, but made the final in the round robin format.
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While the Battle of the Brits team event took place at the National Tennis Centre, the UK Pro series continued with the fourth week of the six week event. Luke Johnson first opponent was David Fox. Johnson was in control from the start, breaking in the first set to take the lead. In the second set Fox was outclassed as Johnson dominated and broke several times to seal the win 6-4, 6-2.
The next match for Johnson was against Alexis Canter. Johnson and Canter stayed toe to toe in the first set, before eventually Johnson secured the break to take the lead. In the second set, the pair once again were closely matched but Johnson managed to get the break and take the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
On day three Johnson was facing Julian Cash. The first set saw Johnson in complete control with Cash unable to break. Johnson secured the break and moved into the lead. In the second set the players were more evenly matched as neither would give an inch. In the ensuing tiebreak Johnson dominated and took the win 6-3, 7-6(3).
On Thursday Johnson was against Billy Harris. The match was a very close affair. In the first set Johnson managed to get the break and move into the lead. However, in the second set Harris managed to break and level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was exciting with Harris edging to take the match 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.
Friday saw Johnson up against Max Basing. The first set was very close, with neither playing managing to break until right at the end when Johnson secured the vital break and moved ahead. In set two Basing forced a tiebreak as neither could get ahead. In the tiebreak Basing edged ahead to level the match. The final set was a match tiebreak and Basing got the lead and took the match 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-6.
Saturday saw Johnson against Joshua Paris in the semi-final. In the first set Johnson dominated Paris and broke at will to take the lead. The second set was very close as Paris and Johnson stayed toe to toe and a tiebreak ensued. In the breaker Johnson stepped up and totally outclassed Paris to take the match 6-2, 7-6(1).
In the final Johnson was once again up against Billy Harris. Johnson broke first and sealed the set quickly, however Harris re-grouped and dominated the second set to level up. A match tiebreak was needed to decide the winner of this week. Harris and Johnson kept close but finally Johnson edged ahead and took the winto seal a place in the final week 6-3, 2-6, 10-8.
Sonay Kartal started the week against Emily Morton. The 18 year old totally dominated Morton who was unable to hold serve in the first set. In the next set Morton played better but was still outplayed by Kartal who broke to take the match 6-0, 6-3.
The next match saw the 18 year old up against Erin Richardson. Kartal dominated Richardson, the 18 year old broke at will in the first set and took the lead. Kartal dominated the second set as Richardson was unable to break back and level up the match. Kartal moved into the next match 6-1, 6-2.
On Wednesday Kartal was up against Freya Christie. The 18 year old was broken by Christie in the first set and could not get back on terms. However, in the second set Kartal forced a tiebreak which she edged to level up. The final set match tiebreak went the way of the youngster as Kartal won 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-6.
Thursday saw Kartal against Camille Verden-Anderson. The 18 year old was on fire and totally dominated Verden-Anderson. The 21 year old could do nothing with the game of Kartal and was on the losing end of a double bagel. Kartal had a great day at the office as the match was over in under 40 mins with the 18 year old taking it in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Friday pitched the young 18 year old against Emily Arbuthnott. Kartal got off to the better start and secured the break to take the lead. Arbuthnott regrouped and levelled up the match breaking the 18 year old. The match tie break saw the more experienced Arbuthnott race out into a lead that Kartal could not peg back. The youngster made the semi final despite the loss of the match 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
In the semi-final Kartal was against Eliz Maloney. The 18 year old broke serve of Maloney in the first set and took the lead as Maloney was unable to break back. The second set was much closer as neither player could get the break. It appeared to be heading to tiebreak, however Kartal finally managed to get the break needed and booked a spot in the final 6-3, 7-5.
The final pitted the youngster against Arbuthnott again. However, this time the 18 year old had no problems breaking the serve of the more experienced player. Kartal broke in both sets and secured the win in the fourth week of the event 6-2, 6-3
Other Sunday results
Eliz Maloney defeated Nadia Rawson 1-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Max Basing defeated David Fox 6-2, 3-1 (RET).
Sean Hodkin defeated Toby Martin 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-3.
Amelia Bissett defeated Danielle Daly 6-3, 1-0 (RET).
Freya Christie defeated Erin Richardson 6-4, 7-6(5).
Henry Patten defeated Julian Cash 6-3, 6-7(8), 13-11.
Emily Appleton defeated Alice Gillan 6-2, 6-3.
Alexis Canter defeated Alex Jhun 6-3, 6-2.
Joshua Paris defeated Mark Whitehouse 6-2, 6-3.
Emily Morton defeated Camille Verden-Anderson 6-0, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Weybridge & Palermo.
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