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Aegon GB Pro-Series
January - November 2013
Last updated: 30/04/2011
Francesca Stephenson and her South African partner Surina De Beer with their doubles trophy
There was British success in the women's doubles event at the AEGON GB Pro-Series Bournemouth.
Francesca Stephenson and her South African partner Surina De Beer took the title after comfortably defeating the fourth seeds, Werner (GER) & Wessel (GER), 6-2, 6-2.
The men’s singles final at the AEGON GB Pro-Series Bournemouth saw two qualifiers make their way through.
Enrico Burzi reached the final without the loss of a set, whilst his younger opponent Arthur De Greef had only lost one set (in his semi-final) on his route to the final.From 2-2 de Greef won three games in a row to establish a 5-2 lead, however, the Italian started to cleverly mix up the play to regain a foothold in the set, which he eventually took on a tie break.De Greef, who showed great resilience in his semi-final, again fought back to lead 4-3 in the second set, but then found himself saving two match points at 4-5 only for Burzi to win the last two games for a 7-6(2) 7-5 victory.It’s been a particularly action-packed Saturday for the women’s singles event in Bournemouth with both the semi-finals and the finals taking place on the same day.
The excitement started early on Saturday as last year’s champion Romana Tabak (Slovakia) stormed through the first set 6-1 against Britain’s Francesca Stephenson. The Brit then established a 5-2 lead in the second, before Tabak won four games in a row to lead 6-5. The ensuing tie break was equally close with Tabak edging it 7-5 for a 6-1 7-6(5) victory.Second seeded Scarlett Werner (Germany) then beat Britain’s Jade Windley 6-3 6-3 to meet Tabak in a bid for the title.
Both players were keen to return to court the same day to fight for the title and the match kicked off at 3pm. Tabak, who won last year’s event, was playing her first tournament after injuring herself shortly after her 2010 success. Werner took the first set 6-0, and a very close second set 7-5 on her second match point to defeat last year’s winner and claim victory as this year’s champion.
The win is a fabulous confidence booster for the German who returned to the game 18 months ago after taking five years out. Werner is now aiming to get back inside the top 250.
British pair David Rice and Sean Thornley have won the men’s doubles event. Rice and Thornley beat fellow Brit Alex Slabinsky and Carolos Poch-Gradin (ESP) 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
View the draw – AEGON GB Pro-Series