- Eliz Maloney dropped only one set en route
- Anton Matusevich did not drop a set
LOUGHBOROUGH, UK – Eliz Maloney & Anton Matusevich claimed the titles in week 3 of the Pro League series. Matusevich made it back to back titles, Maloney defeated the winner of week 2.
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Eliz Maloney kicked off week three against Amelia Bissett. The 20 year old was on top form in the first set, breaking Bissett to take the lead. No matter what Bissett tried, she was unable to break back. Maloney then dominated the second set, barely putting a foot wrong. Maloney took the match 6-3, 6-2.
On Tuesday Maloney was up against week two winner Emily Appleton. The 21 year old was the favourite to take the win, after claiming the title last time out. Appleton made a great start, going toe to toe with Maloney. The 21 year old secured the break right at the end of the set to take the lead. Maloney though, regrouped in the second set, taking the game to Appleton. The 20 year old broke Appleton and levelled up the match. In the match tiebreak Maloney got the mini break and kept ahead. Moving on with a two from two victory 5-7, 6-3, 10-6.
Wednesday saw Maloney against Tanysha Dissanayake. The 20 year old totally dominated in both sets. Dissanayke was unable to hold serve at all in the first set. Maloney kept the pressure up and in the second set, although Dissanayke got a game on the board, Maloney kept her winning record intact. Moving onto the next match in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.
On Thursday Maloney was against Annali Olivelle. The 20 year old stayed toe to toe with Olivelle, before managing to get the break of serve and move into the lead. The second set saw Maloney step up her game, and dominated play. Olivelle struggled to hold serve and Maloney kept her winning record going four from four 6-3, 6-1.
On Friday Maloney was against Tiana Fox. The 18 year old was totally outplayed by Maloney. The 20 year old was in complete control and dominated both sets. Fox was unable to get a game on the board, Maloney continued her 100% record and moved into the semi finals 6-0,6-0.
In the semi-final Maloney was against Freya Christie. This was a tougher match for the 20 year old as Christie proved competitive in the first set. Christie and Maloney went toe to toe until the 20 year old broke serve. This spurred Maloney on, as Christie then struggled to stay on terms. Maloney dominated the second set and moved into the final 7-5, 6-2.
The final saw Maloney once again up against Emily Appleton. The 20 year old had less trouble with Appleton that last time. In the first set Maloney got the break of serve to take the lead. In the second set Maloney once again secured the break of serve against the week two winner to seal the victory 6-4, 6-3.
Week two winner Anton Matusevich started this campaign on the Monday against Henry Patten. The 19 year old dominated the first set against Patten, breaking more or less at will to take the lead. The second set was a little closer, as Matusevich only managed to break once, but that was enough to take the win 6-2, 6-3.
Tuesday saw Matusevich against Oscar Weightman. The players went toe to toe until the 19 year old managed to get the break of serve and take the lead and the set. This seemed to break Weightman, as Matusevich dominated the second set, without losing a single game. The 19 year old moved on taking the match 6-3, 6-0.
Wednesday saw the 19 year old against Joshua Paris. Matusevich dominated both sets, breaking more or less at will. Paris tried hard but was unable to get back into the match. Matusevich took his record to three from three in straight sets again 6-2, 6-1.
Thursday saw Matusevich up against Tom Hands. The 19 year old had little trouble in the first set, as Matusevich dominated. Hands was unable to hold serve at all. The second set was a little closer, as Hands managed to hold serve. The 19 year old eventually broke through again though to move on 6-0,6-3.
On Friday the 19 year old was facing Lui Maxted. Matusevich had to work hard in the first set as Maxted stayed with him. However, eventually the 19 year old broke through to take the lead. Maxted would not give up though, and the second set was much the same. Once again though Matusevich secured the break of serve to take the match 6-4, 6-4.
In the semi-final Matusevich was against George Houghton. This was the trickiest match so far for the 19 year old. Houghton stayed toe to toe with Matusevich, however the young Brit secured the break of serve right at the end of the set. The second set was much the same, with the exact same result. Matusevich moved into the final in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.
The final saw Matusevich against Henry Patten again. The first set was very close, Patten stayed with the 19 year old in the first set. Eventually Matusevich broke through to take the set. In the second set the young Brit dominated Patten and claimed the title 7-5, 6-1.
Other Finishing Places
Julian Cash defeated George Houghton 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-4 to finish third
Freya Christie defeated Sonay Kartal 0-0 (RET) to finish third
Lui Maxted defeated Billy Harris 7-5, 6-2 to finish fifth
Alice Gillan defeated Amelia Bissett 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-0 to finish fifth
Joshua Paris defeated Jack Findel-Hawkins 6-2, 6-3 to finish seventh
Danielle Daly defeated Jizel Fernandes 6-2, 6-2 to finish seventh
Harry Wendelken defeated Alexis Canter 6-4, 6-3 to finish ninth
Nadia Rawson was defeated by Millie Mae Matthews 6-0, 6-1 to finish ninth
Tom Hands defeated Oscar Weightman 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 to finish eleventh
Kimberly Mpukusa defeated by Tiana Fox 0-0 (RET) to finish eleventh
Next week Brits play in Monte Carlo, Split, Belgrade, Orlando, Germany, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Tunisia, Roehampton, Portugal, France & Turkey.
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