British Tennis Round-up: Konta secures strong Coupe Rogers victories


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Johanna Konta was in strong form at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal. The British No.1 kickstarted her run by battling back from a set down to defeat 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-2 and then eased past two-time winner Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final 16.

Due to rain delays, she went on to face defending champion Elina Svitolina in her second match of the day but fell 6-3, 6-4 to the Ukrainian fifth seed.


There was more success for James Ward as he reached the final of an ATP Challenger tournament in Jinan. The Davis Cup star sealed a convincing 6-2, 6-1 semi-final victory over Zhao Xia but lost a three-set battle to Australia’s Alexei Popyrin in the final.

United States

Jonny O’Mara and Joe Salisbury teamed up for an ATP Challenger tournament in Aptos, California where they finished runners-up.

Seeded as the No.1 pair, they made the final without dropping a single set but narrowly missed out on the title after falling 6-2, 4-6, [10-8] to Australian duo Thanasi Kokkinakis and Matt Reid.

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British second seeds Luke Bambridge and Neal Skupski also had a solid run by reaching the semi-finals but fell in the championship tie-break to the eventual champions.

Great Britain

There was doubles delight for Freya Christie and Samantha Murray at an ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Chiswick. In an all-British final against top seeds Sarah Beth Grey and Olivia Nicholls, they fought back from a set down to triumph 3-6, 7-5, [10-8].

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Jonathan Gray reached the semi-finals of an ITF Futures tournament in Minsk. Despite losing the opening set in his final-four encounter with Belarusian second seed Sergey Betov, he went on to secure his spot in the final with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. He faced Jurabek Karimov of Uzbekistan for the title but fell 6-4, 6-4.


Evan Hoyt made the doubles final of an ITF Futures tournament in Spain with Serbia’s Danko Jandric. They overcame Bolivian top seeds Boris Arias and Federico Zeballos 7-6(2), 6-1 in the semi-finals and came tantalisingly close in the final against Andres Artunedo Martinavarro and Mick Lescure before falling 6-7(3), 6-4, [10-6].


After successfully qualifying for the Tennis Europe Nations Challenge, Britain's U12 boys and girls teams travelled to Biot and Aljaccio respectively to compete in the final stage of the competition. 

Both teams put on impressive performances, with the girls' team finishing third and the boys taking fourth position.   


Dermot Bailey passed a significant career landmark at the Memorial Jens Vanherck in Antwerp to clinch the tenth senior singles title of his career. Seeded sixth, the 24-year-old claimed four straight sets wins, including a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dutch second Carlos Anker in the quarter-finals and a 6-3, 7-5 win against top seed Rody de Bie of the Netherlands to capture his third title of 2018.

Bailey was one of two Brits in the semi-finals, but de Bie ended hopes of an all-British final after beating Ruairi Logan 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

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