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Aegon GB Pro-Series
January - November 2014
Luke Bambridge by Rowland Charles Goodman
Thursday at The West Hants Club was a complete contrast to Wednesday, with clear blue sunny skies throughout the day, and the quality of tennis lived up to the great weather.
After Wednesday’s wash out the singles players were faced with two matches on Thursday, so fitness and physical strength were always going to be key.
20 year-old fourth seed Liam Broady, and 19 year-old Luke Bambridge, seeded eighth, were the Brits who made it through to Friday’s last 4.
After beating Myles Orton in the morning, Nottingham’s Luke Bambridge, was involved in a brutal match against 18 year-old Kamil Mjachrzak, who had disposed of second seed Brydan Klein earlier in the day.
With nothing beaten the two, at 4-4 in the final set the Pole started cramping but somehow managed to hold on to his serve, and then hold a match point on the Bambridge serve at 4-5, 30-40. The Brit, however, dug deep and in front of a healthy crowd, edged out a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Meanwhile on court two, Broady came through his two matches in straight sets. After capturing the opening set 6-3, a key stage in his opening match against Indian Vijay Prasanth, saw the Mancunian facing a number of points to go 4-1 down in the second, and after numerous deuces, managed to hold on for 2-3, and then win four of the next five games for a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
With the singles semi-final’s scheduled for 11.00am on Friday Broady plays 6th seeded Aussie Gavin Van Peperzeel, whilst Bambridge plays the un-seeded Pirmin Haenle. If both Brits win through there will be a repeat of the Aegon British Tour Bournemouth final of last Saturday.
Top seeds in the doubles Lewis Burton & Marcus Willis, are through to their eighth doubles final of 2014, having now reached the final of every event they have played together this year. They will be gunning for their fifth title of the year when they play Jake Eames & Brydan Klein in the doubles final scheduled for 2.00pm on Friday.
Entry is free for spectators.