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Aegon GB Pro-Series
January - November 2014
Last updated: 05/08/2013
This week end at the Nottingham Tennis Centre saw 22 year old Dan Cox capture his second $15k pro title in as many weeks, and third pro title in five weeks.
The final produced a similar pattern to Cox’s semi-final defeat of Dan Smethurst, capturing the first set 6-4, before 21 year old Ashley Hewitt responded by winning the second set 6-3. With the momentum appearing to swing Hewitt’s way the opening games of the final set were always likely to shape the outcome of the match, and it was Cox who took a decisive 3-0 lead, before claiming victory 6-4 3-6 6-1.
Two £15k titles in eight days, should push Cox close to the top 400, and towards his career ranking of 258. After the match Cox reflected on his run of good form having won in Manchester on grass, Dublin on artificial grass, and Nottingham on hard. The 22 year old also ‘thanked his mum & dad who had flown in overnight from Tenerife [where they live] to watch the final’.
Runner-up Ashley Hewitt will have moved to a career high ranking and will also be moving in on the top 400, after a very impressive 2013 so far.
The Women’s Singles final was preceded with a Junior Fed Cup morning with Judy Murray. Girls from Scotland, Wales, and two teams from England, plus female coaches from the Midlands were treated to an invaluable insight into the Fed Cup, playing their own mini version before the final.
The girls then went onto court as ball girls for an all Japanese final between Miyabi Inoue & Yuka Higuchi. Inoue, the top seed, went into the match holding a 2-0 record against her compatriot, whilst No.2 seed Higuchi hadn’t lost a set en route to the final.
The match started with the threat of rain, and after the opening five games had to be transferred indoors. Top seed Inoue won the opening set, which lasted one and a half hours 7-6(5), and after some long opening games raced away with the second set 6-2, to capture her second title of 2013.
Like Hewitt, both players went into the event at a career high, and their week’s work in Nottingham will only enhance this.
An all British Women’s Doubles final saw top seeds Anna Smith & Mel South beat Daneika Borthwick & Anna Fitzpatrick 6-4 6-2, meaning three of the four titles in Nottingham went to British players.