- Emily Appleton was undefeated all week
- Joshua Paris only lost one match all week
LOUGHBOROUGH, UK – Emily Appleton & Joshua Paris claimed the titles in the first week of the Pro Tour.
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Emily Appleton started her week off on Monday by playing Kylie Bilchev. Appleton started well by breaking the 18 year old and Bilchev could not get back on serve. The second set however, was much closer. The young Brit stayed with her more experienced opponent for much of the set. Appleton finally made the breakthrough to win the match 6-3, 7-5.
In the next match Appleton was against Nadia Rawson. Although the same age, Appleton once again was the more experienced player and dominated Rawson. Appleton had no trouble at all in dispatching Rawson in the second match of the round robin format in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
On Wednesday Appleton was against Ella Taylor. The younger Brit continued her form from the previous day, dominating Taylor. No matter what Taylor tried, Appleton was equal to it. In the end Taylor found Appleton just too good as the younger Brit claimed the match 6-1, 6-2.
Sarah-Beth Gray was the next opponent for Appleton. The first set was close as Gray stayed with Appleton until the younger Brit broke serve to take the set. In the second set Appleton was in complete control, Gray was unable to hold serve as Appleton dominated to take the match 6-4, 6-0.
The final round robin match saw Appleton against Alice Gillan. Gillan proved a little more competitive, as the pair stayed close. Eventually though Appleton was able to break through and secure a break of serve in both sets. Appleton finished the week top of the group with the straight sets win 6-3, 6-3.
In the semi-final Appleton faced Freya Christie. Christie who ended second in her group, got the better start and broke serve of Appleton in the first set. However, Appleton re-grouped in the second set to level up the match. The final set was a match tie break, first to 10 points with a two point lead would make the final. A bit of to and froing finally saw Appleton edge ahead to book the final spot 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
The final saw Appleton against Sarah-Beth Gray again. The first set was much the same as when they played earlier in the week, with Appleton securing the break needed to take the set. However, the second was closer than before as Gray managed to hold a couple of games. Appleton eventually overcame Gray though and took the title in the first week 6=4, 6-2.
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Joshua Paris kicked off play on Monday on court 2 against Jonathan Gray. The first set saw Paris break serve to move ahead in the match. The second set was so much closer, as Gray and Paris went toe to toe and forced a tiebreak. Paris edged the tiebreak to claim his first win of the week 6-3, 7-6(5).
Tuesday saw Paris against Anton Matusevich. The young Brit got off to the best start by breaking Paris who was unable to get back on terms. The second set saw Paris regroup and fight back, breaking Matusevich right at the end of the set to level up. The match tiebreak was very close, but Matusevich eventually edged ahead and closed out the match 6-2, 5-7, 10-8.
The match on Wednesday saw Paris against Mason Recci. The first set saw Paris break Recci early and take the lead. In the second set Recci fought back and stayed with Paris forcing a tiebreak. Most of the tiebreak went only one way, which was to Recci who levelled up the match. In the final set match tiebreak Paris edged the win taking the match 6-3, 6-7(4), 12-10.
Thursday pitched Paris against Oscar Weightman. Paris was in full control throughout the match, securing a break of serve in both sets. Weightman tried to fight back but could not get the match back on serve. Paris moved onto the next match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
The Friday match saw Paris against Jack Findel-Hawkins. The first set was very close as both players fought hard and would not give anything away. Eventually a tiebreak ensued, in which Findel-Hawkins edged ahead to take the lead. The second set saw Paris dominate as Findel-Hawkins was unable to hold serve and the match was level. In the match tiebreak it was Paris that edged the victory to finish second in the group 6-7(8), 6-0, 10-8.
In the semi-final Paris was against Dan Cox, who to this point had won all his previous matches and finished top of the other group. Paris had little trouble against Cox and managed to break serve in both sets. Cox tried to get back on serve, but was not able to do so. Paris marched into the final on his birthday 6-3, 6-4.
The final pitched Paris against Billy Harris who had also finished second in his group. Paris replicated the form from the semi-final and took the match to Harris. Despite throwing everything at the match, Harris could not get back on terms and ended the week as runner up to Paris who took the match 6-3, 6-4.
Anton Matusevich defeated Dan Cox 6-2, 6-4 for third place.
Freya Christie defeated Alicia Barnett 6-4, 0-6, 10-7 for third place
Jack Findel-Hawkins defeated George Houghton 6-2, 6-4 for fifth place.
Alica Gillan defeated Olivia Nicholls 6-2, 7-5 for fifth place
Mark Whitehouse defeated Mason Recci 6-3, 6-0 for seventh place.
Ella Taylor defeated Nadia Rawson 6-2, 6-4 for seventh place.
Tom Hands defeated Oscar Weightman 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 for ninth place.
Kylie Bilchev defeated Eliz Maloney 6-3, 6-2 for ninth place.
Sean Hodkin defeated Jonathan Gray 7-6, 6-2 for eleventh place.
Danielle Daly defeated Tanysha Dissanayake 6-4, 6-2 for eleventh place.
Next week Brits play in Loughborough, Doha, Marseille, Guadalajara, St Petersburg, Biella, Egypt, India, Slovakia, Tunisia & Portugal.
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