British Tour: Week 4 - match updates
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- Charles Broom crowned men's singles champion after winning 7-6 6-1 against Henry Patten
- Lily Miyazaki completes her excellent run at the British Tour beating Grace Piper 6-0 6-2 in the final
- No.1 seeds Miyazaki & Appleton win the LTA FAST4 doubles title with 4-1 4-3 win over Spink & Staff
- Prashanth & Sharan take home men's doubles title with 4-2 4-1 victory over Peniston & Stevenson
- Lloyd Glasspool withdraws from semi-final with injury
- Watch all the men's and women's singles matches live on YouTube
Day 4 Updates
It was an early start on finals day on the 4th week of the LTA's British Tour, as the players prepared themselves to compete for glory in both the women's and men's singles events. First match on Centre Court, and competing to become the women's champion, was No.1 seed Lily Miyazaki against last week's Progress Tour Women's Championships Division 1 winner, Grace Piper. Both had looked impressive in the semi-final and the stage was set for a big finale.
But it was clear from the off that there was only going to be one winner in this match. Miyazaki has had a very strong week, winning each of her matches convincingly and it was clear that she had found her top gear in the final. She raced out to a 3-0 lead and despite Piper's efforts to get back into the set, narrowly missing out on break point opportunities, Miyazaki sealed the first set 6-0.
In the second set it was clear that Piper was starting to find her game a bit more - competing better in the longer rallies and managing to hold her nerve on serve. However, it all came slightly too late for Piper as Miyazaki swept the second as well to clinch the title with a 6-0 6-2 win.
The men's final had shaped up to be an especially intriguing match-up after the results in the semi's. Henry Patten had shown incredible mental strength to come from behind and edge the match 12-10 in the match tie-break, whereas as Charles Broom came into the final well-rested after his opponent withdrew from the draw.
The match started very tightly, both players serving well and trading service games back and fourth until eventually we reached a tie-break. Familiar territory for Patten after his win yesterday, but this time his opponent proved too strong. Broom picked up an early advantage and with that secured the first set 7-6.
With that tie-break win momentum completely shifted in favour of Broom. He was able to take his game to another level and that extra days rest appeared to pay off as he wasted no time in winning the second set 6-1 and with that, becoming the Week 4 men's singles champion.
Once the singles champions had been crowned, it was time to for the men's and women's LTA FAST4 doubles tournaments to get underway. Fresh off her earlier win, Lily Miyazaki was back in action with her partner Emily Appleton and was yet again the No.1 seed in the competition. Whilst many might have thought she could suffer from a bit of fatigue, Miyazaki showed no signs of letting up and combined with a string of great performances from Appleton, took the title after beating Spink & Staff in the final.
On the men's side, there were a number of really close match-ups all through the tournament. Eventual finalists Ryan Peniston and David Stevenson were taken to match tie-breaks in both their quarter-final and semi-final matches, narrowly edging their opponents on both occassions. But yet again, it was the No.1 seeds Vjiay Sundar Prashanth & Divij Sharan who took home the title after impressing throughout the tournament leading up to a 4-2, 4-1 win in the final.
Day 3 Updates
Over the past 4 weeks the British Tour has brought copious amounts of drama and excitement and today's semi-finals were no different. The day kicked off with the No.1 seed Lily Miyazaki up against an in-form Holly Staff in what promised to be an intriguing match-up. It was Miyazaki who got off to a strong start, picking up an early break and eventually clinching the first set. Despite Staff's best efforts to get back into the match, Miyazaki proved why she was the top seed and powered through to a 6-2, 6-2 win.
In the second semi-final there was a repeat of last week's final in the Progress Tour Women's Championships Division 1 singles, as Grace Piper took on Emma Wilson. This encounter was just as close as the last - after Piper edged a first set tie-break, Wilson put on a brilliant display to win the second 6-2. Once again the two were locked in a match tie-break and just like last week, it was Piper who took the win 10-3 at the death.
The day started with the very unfortunate news that No.1 seed Lloyd Glasspool was forced to withdraw from the tournament with injury - meaning that Charles Broom recieved a walkover into the final.
All eyes then turned to the other men's semi-final, which saw Barnaby Smith take on Henry Patten. Both players have been in fine form all week and showed no signs of slowing down in this one. There was barely anything to split between the two players, with but after a hard-fought first set it was advantage Smith, eventually taking in 6-4. With even more long rallies and close points in the second we were heading to a tie-break. It came down to the wire but Patten clawed his was back into the match and forced a final match tie-break. Here Patten proved his mental strength yet again and sealed the win 12-10 to progress to tomorrow's final.
Day 2 Updates
Grace Piper will be hoping for back to back British Tour titles, entering the weekend in strong form after a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory over Victoria Allen. She will face Emma Wilson in the semi-final, who also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 over Katherine Barnes.
Lily Miyazaki, who is set to drop a set in the tournament, didn’t drop a game against Annali Olivelle winning 6-0, 6-0 on court 1 earlier. Completing the women’s singles semi-final line-up is Holly Staff who overcame a second set comeback by Amelia Rajecki to win 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 to seal her spot.
Barnaby Smith was the first man safely through to the weekend, after defeating Sean Hodkin on court 1 at the National Tennis Centre. Facing Smith will be Henry Patten who knocked out second seed Aidan McHugh 7-5, 7-5. Henry won after an epic, after breaking late in the first and second set, winning his 7th match point.
Charles Broom continued his good form, winning 6-3, 6-3 against Daniel Little to make the final four in the men's singles competition. Lloyd Glasspool completed the semi-final line-up after defeating Vjiay Sundar Prashanth 6-2, 6-2 in the final match of the day.
Day 1 Updates
Day 1 in the fourth week of the British Tour kicked off with No.1 seed Lily Miyazaki sailing into the second round after beating Arabella Moen 6-3, 6-0. The seeded players continued to show their strength on Centre Court, with Victoria Allen & Aidan McHugh progressing in straight sets. Lloyd Glasspool had to comeback from a set down against Isaac Stoute, winning 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.
In the final match of the day, Barnaby Smith showed real grit to bounce back from losing the opening set on a tiebreak, by pivotally breaking late in the second and then winning a match tie break to progress 6-7(1), 6-4, 10-3 against David Fox.
Elsewhere there were upsets for Emma Wilson, who won 6-4, 7-6(5) over 3rd seed Anna Popescu and Holly Staff who defeated Andre Lukosiute 4th seed, 7-5, 7-6 (9.) The other standout match on court 1, was Vijay Sundar Prashanth’s epic fight back against George Houghton, who won 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 on a match tie break.
The action on day 2 kicks off at 11 AM at the National Tennis Centre with all women’s singles quarter-finals, followed by the men’s matches in the afternoon.