Keeping up with the Brits: 04 May, 2021

04/05/2021

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There were British finalists across the board last week – with Cam Norrie starring in Portugal. Catch up with all the latest from the Brits on tour.

What happened in British tennis last week?

Norrie reached his second career ATP final in Estoril last week. The British No.2 put on a show beating home favourites, Joao Sousa and Pedro Martinez, in the opening two rounds – starting an impressive run on the clay.

Norrie then pulled off an incredible 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over World No.25 Cristian Garin to book a spot in the semi-finals. But he wasn’t going to stop there – Norrie marched on to the final after defeating former US Open champion Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-5. This takes the Brit up to 18 ATP wins for the season so far – the third highest on tour, only behind Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Norrie started the final well, racing to a one set lead, but clay court specialist Albert Ramos-Vinolas would eventually deny him his maiden tour title. He came back to edge Norrie in a final set tie-break, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

A strong week for the Brits in Portugal was capped off by a brilliant performance from Luke Bambridge and Dom Inglot, who finished runners-up in the men’s doubles.

The British duo didn’t drop a set on their way to the final, including a commanding win over third seeds Austin Krajicek and Olivier Marach. However, in the final their winning streak came to an end at the hands of Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz, clinching the title 7-5, 3-6, 10-3.

The Mutua Madrid Open got under way last week, kick-starting with the WTA event. Johanna Konta opened her clay court season with a 6-4, 6-2 win over World No.30 Yulia Putintseva, but lost to Anastasja Sevastova in the following round.

In the men’s doubles, Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski and Dan Evans suffered early exits.

Over in America, Katie Boulter reached the semi-finals at the W60 Charlottesville. Boulter was in fine form, blasting her way past opponents left right and centre, but unfortunately was forced to retire in her semi-final match against Xinyu Wang.

It was a similar story for Harriet Dart, who was forced to pull out before her quarter-final match up.

Jack Pinnington Jones, 18,excelled in Egypt where he reached his first ITF final at the M15 Cairo. Pinnington Jones beat second seed and fellow Brit Paul Jubb from a set down in the second round in one of the biggest scalps of his career so far.

The British teenager went on to make the final where he lost to fifth seed Bastian Malla 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Rankings update

He just keeps on climbing – Norrie reaches World No.48 after another impressive week on the clay.

 

Photo of the week

Thank you Portugal, next stop Madrid

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Posts of the week

How does it feel to beat a Grand Slam champion? Just ask Norrie

 

Four weeks, three titles, one runners up – Emily Appleton is flying high on the UK Pro League

 

Who’s trying this in the gym this week?

 

Back to business – we can’t wait to see you back on court Kyle Edmund

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What’s happening in British tennis this week?

After defeating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round, Evans’ Mutua Madrid Open journey continues. He will face the winner of Hubert Hurkacz or John Millman for a potential shot at Alexander Zverev.

Joe Salisbury is now the last remaining Brit in the men’s doubles. He and American partner Rajeev Ram come in as the fifth seeds after an impressive showing in Barcelona two weeks ago. They will play singles stars Alexander Bublik and Cristian Garin to kick-start their campaign in Madrid.

Jay Clarke stays in Italy for the ATP Challenger event in Biella. His first opponent will be 30-year-old qualifier Vikto Galovic from Croatia.

In France, Emily Webley-Smith joins Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov in the Saint Malo Challenger women’s doubles, with the duo playing together for the first time.

Harriet Dart stays in the States to compete in the W100 Charleston. The British No.3 faces a tough opening clash with second seed Caty McNally. Joining Dart in Charleston is Tara Moore, who joins forces with American partner Francesca Di Lorenzo.

Jodie Burrage heads to South America this week as she looks set to compete in the W25 Salinas event in Ecuador. First up for the third seed is Barbara Gatica from Chile. She will then team up with New Zealander Paige Hourigan for a shot at the doubles title.

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