By Glenys Furness
- Emma Raducanu claimed the trophy in week 6 only losing one match
- Liam Broady lost one match in the round robin but still took the trophy
WEYBRIDGE, SURREY – UK, Liam Broady and Emma Raducanu claimed the inaugural Championship titles as the Pro Series 2020 drew to a close.
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Emma Raducanu faced Nadia Rawson in the first round robin match of the week on Monday. The 17 year old had been impressive in the Battle of the Brits event organised by Jamie Murray and continued to take that form into this match. Rawson tried hard but was unable to stop Raducanu who broke in both sets to take the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
On Tuesday Raducanu faced Eliz Maloney, this was another very quick match for the 17 year old. Raducanu wasted no time in the first set, serving up a bagel to Maloney. The second set was much the same, although Maloney did manage to get a couple of games on the board, but was unable to prevent Raducanu from taking the win 6-0, 6-2.
Wednesday saw the 17 year old against Emily Appleton. Raducanu broke early in the first set and Appleton was unable to get back on terms, soon the set was lost. The 17 year old was impressive in the second set and prevented Appleton from getting a game at all. Raducanu took the match in straight sets 6-3. 6-0.
On Thursday Raducanu was against Jodie Burrage. Unlike the previous matches, Raducanu struggled in the first set, whilst Burrage took things in her stride. Burrage broke the 17 year old and claimed the first set. Raducanu however, regrouped and in the second set found her game. Breaking Burrage Raducanu was able to level the match and force a final set tiebreak. The breaker was very close, but eventually Burrage came through to claim the match 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.
Friday saw Raducanu up against Sarah-Beth Grey. The first set was very tight, as both players were unable to break and it went to a breaker. Grey managed to get ahead in the tiebreak and didn’t look back. Raducanu was forced to re-group which she did and levelled up the match. In the final set tiebreak Raducanu totally dominated and sped out to a lead that Grey was unable to pull back. The 17 year old qualified for the semi-finals 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-3.
The semi-final saw Raducanu against Harriet Dart. On paper this was going to be a tough match for the 17 year old as Dart was the favourite and more experienced player. However, Raducanu had not read the script. The younger player took the game to Dart and prevented her getting any way in. The second set was similar, although Dart managed to get some games. Raducanu however was too strong and progressed to final 6-0, 6-3.
In the final Raducanu was against Burrage again. The first set went to a tiebreak and Burrage dominated to take the lead. In the second set Raducanu fought back and levelled up the match. In the final match tiebreak both players gave their all and eventually the 17 year old edged ahead to lift the trophy 6-7(1), 6-2, 10-8.
On the first day Liam Broady was up against Mark Whitehouse. Broady had no problems with the game of Whitehouse, taking every opportunity he got to break. Whitehouse could not get back on terms and the match son slipped away with Broady taking the win in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Tuesday saw Broady against Alastair Gray. This match was trickier than the previous day as the first two sets were forced into tiebreaks. Gray edging the first, Broady dominating the second. The deciding match tiebreak was tight with both players trying to make the decisive breakthrough. Broady was the one to do this and took the match 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 10-7.
Wednesday saw Broady against Billy Harris. Although Broady had been progressing through the matches previously Harris proved a trick opponent. In fact, Harris broke Broady in both sets and Broady could not get back on terms. Harris took the win 6-2, 6-4.
Thursday pitched Broady against Tom Hands. The first set was very close, with neither player able to break serve. Broady eventually managed to secure the necessary breakthrough right at the end of the set and took the lead. In the second set Broady managed to break through again and broke serve to seal the win 7-5, 6-3.
On Friday Broady was against Daniel Cox. Broady broke serve and took the first set easily. However, in the next set Cox regrouped and fought back, dominating the set to level up. The final set match tiebreak started close, however Broady managed to get ahead and not look back. Broady progressed to the semi-final 6-3, 1-6, 10-5.
The semi-final saw Broady against James Ward. The Davis Cup winner took off at a gallop and broke Broady taking the first set. In the next set both players stayed toe-to-toe and an tiebreak ensued. Broady edged the breaker to force yet another match tiebreak. Broady got ahead early in the breaker, Ward pulled back closer, but ultimately it was Broady that edged the victory to move into the final 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-7.
In the final Broady was against Ryan Peniston. The 24 year old was no match for Broady who dominated the first set. Peniston fought well in the second set, but unfortunately was unable to prevent Broady from breaking to take the match and seal the win 6-2, 6-4.
Sunday’s other results
James Ward defeated Daniel Cox to finish third overall 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Mark Whitehouse defeated Tom Hands 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.
Harriet Dart defeated Eden Silva to finish third overall 4-1 (RET).
Henry Patten defeated Luke Johnson 6-3, 6-3.
Sarah-Beth Grey defeated Sonay Kartal 7-5, 6-2.
Emily Arbuthnott defeated Freya Christie 6-4, 3-6, 10-5.
Alastair Gray defeated Arthur Fery 3-6, 6-1, 12-10.
Emily Appleton defeated Naomi Broady 7-6(4), 6-2.
Nadia Rawson defeated Danielle Daley 6-3, 6-3.
Julian Cash defeated Billy Harris 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Next week Brits play in Prague & Oeiras as the challenger and ITF tours begin to return.
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