British Tennis Round-up: McHugh secures first Futures title, Skupski reaches ATP Masters quarter-final

05/11/2018

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Aidan McHugh in action

Kuwait

Aidan McHugh travelled to Meshref where he secured his maiden ITF Futures singles title. The 18-year-old from Glasgow lost just one set en route to the final where he faced America’s Alec Adamson. He displayed great grit and determination as he resisted a second-set comeback to win 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2.

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First Pro Title 🤷🏽‍♂️🏆 #15k #Kuwait

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France

Neal Skupski’s solid form continued as he reached the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Rolex Paris Masters.  Hot on the heels of winning the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last week with compatriot Joe Salisbury, Skupski teamed up with America’s John Isner for the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year.

The pair sailed past Nikoloz Basilashvili and Wesley Koolhof 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round before ousting seventh seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 7-5. They then faced top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic for a spot in the semi-finals, but narrowly fell 7-6(6), 6-7(4), [12-10] in a tantalisingly close clash.

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After finding himself at a new career-high of No.34 last Monday, Skupski’s performance meant he moved up again to world No.33.

Monday’s updated rankings also saw Dom Inglot return to the Top 20 following an opening round win in Paris with his Croatian partner Franko Skugor.

Australia

Evan Hoyt clinched his first ATP Challenger title playing in the doubles at the Canberra International. The 23-year-old from Wales partnered Wu Tung-lin of Taiwan and dug deep to lift the title with a 7-6(5), 5-7, [10-8] victory over Australians Jeremy Beale and Thomas Fancutt in the final.

Germany

Jonny O’Mara finished a doubles runner-up at an ATP Challenger tournament in Eckental with Frenchman Hugo Nys. The second seeds captured an epic 5-7, 7-5, [13-11] semi-final victory against third seeds Sander Arends and Romain Arneodo, but were denied the title after falling 6-1, 6-4 to German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

O’Mara has also reached a new career-high as he moves up one spot to world No.63.

On home soil

Freya Christie captured her third ITF Pro Circuit doubles title of the year teamed up with Russia’s Valeria Savinykh in Wirral as the top seeds. The pair faced British second seeds Sarah Beth Grey and Olivia Nicholls in the final and sealed a 6-4, 7-5 victory.

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"Another One" Thanks @valeria_savinykh for a great week😄🎾🥇🏆 #champs #anotherone #25k

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In the singles event, 15-year-old Emma Raducanu continued to show promise as she defeated the second and eighth seeds en route to the semi-finals.

The tournament was part of the GB Pro-Series - head here  for more information about the circuit.

Other Brits in action

17-year-old George Loffhagen reached the final of a Futures tournament in Greece, Olivia Sonnekus-Williams partnered America’s Jessie Aney to finish a doubles runner-up in an ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Tunisia, and Neil Pauffley was a finalist in the doubles of a Futures tournament in Thailand with Cing-Yang Meng of Taiwan.  

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