British Tour: Week 1 - Day 4 match updates
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- Emma Raducanu claims the women's singles title after beating Jodie Burrage
- Arthur Fery wins men's singles title after a straights sets victory over Alastair Gray
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Emma Raducanu battles to claim women's British Tour title
In blustery conditions No.3 seed Emma Raducanu claimed the women's British Tour Premier title after battling past No.2 seed Jodie Burrage 6-4, 2-6, 10-4. In a closely fought match Raducanu had the better of the opening exchanges to take the first set before Burrage powered back to force a deciding championship tie break. It was the 17 year old Raducanu who held her nerve taking it 10-4 to claim the title.
Next on court was the men's singles final as Arthur Fery and Alastair Gray competed for the title at the National Tennis Centre. After edging the first set on a tie break Arthur Fery completed his great week at the British Tour event claiming the title 7-6, 6-4 over Alastair Gray.
A highly contested LTA Fast4 doubles competition finished an excellent first British Tour event at the National Tennis Centre with Emily Appleton & Yuriko Miyazaki taking home the title. Appleton & Miyazaki claimed the title after overcoming No.1 seeds Naomi Broady & Samantha Murray Sharan 4-3, 4-2 in the final.
Brilliant Burrage fights back to face Raducanu in the women's final & Gray and Fery both win to confirm their own spots in the men's final
Day 3 at the National Tennis Centre kicked off with the men’s singles quarter-finals and they didn’t disappoint. The stand out result was on Centre Court, where Billy Harris knocked out the No. 1 seed Lloyd Glasspool in a straight sets victory, 6-3, 6-4. Elsewhere, Alistair Gray overcame Mark Whitehouse in a match tie break, 6-4, 7-5, 10-6 to make the final four.
Arthur Fery continued his good work at the British Tour, losing only three games in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jonathan Gray. To complete the semi-finals line-up, Luke Johnson defeated Alexander Jhun 6-3, 7-5.
Next up were the women’s semi-finals. Emma Raducanu who’s journey to the British Tour final four had included two match tie breaks, faced up against Marni Banks who had knocked out two seeded players in her own route to the semi-final. Raducanu took the back and forth first set on a tie break, and then ran away with the second set completing a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory.
In the second semi-final, Jodie Burrage who was yet to drop a set in the tournament faced Yuriko Miyazaki, who was taken to a match tie-break in her opening match, before an impressive quarter-final where she had only lost three games. Miyazaki continued her good form taking the first set 6-0. Before Burrage set about climbing the set deficit, breaking late in the second set to force a match tie break. Burrage then took full control and booked herself into the final, with 0-6, 7-5, 10-1 win.
More fireworks were due in the men’s semi-finals, with Arthur Fery who like Burrage had not dropped a set on his way to the final four, took on Luke Johnson who had defeated Alexander Jhun in the opening game of the day. Fery steamed ahead by taking the first set 6-2, and looked set for a straight forward path into the British Tour final. However Luke Johnson fought back to take the second set 6-1, to force a match tie break. Both players battled it out, without an inch being given, before Fery completed the victory to win 6-2, 1-6, 12-10.
The final match of the day saw Billy Harris, who had shocked the tournament by defeating No.1 seed Lloyd Glasspool in the quarter-finals earlier in the day, took on Alastair Gray. Gray had won an epic earlier in the day through a match tie break against fourth seed Mark Whitehouse. Gray showed no signs of fatigue and swiftly moved into the final by winning 6-1, 6-2.
Raducanu stages brilliant comeback as Burrage, Banks and Miazaki confirm semi-final spots on Day 2
It was all action on Day 2 of the LTA's British Tour with both the Women's Premier quarter-finals and Men's Tier 1 1st round matches taking place. In the opening match on Court 3, British Fed Cup star Emma Raducanu faced Alicia Barnett, who had impressed in her victory the previous day. It was Barnett who started the stronger of the two and before she knew it, Raducanu found herself a set down. But the 17-year old picked herself back up again in the 2nd and after edging the set went on to win it in the match tie-break to finish 1-6 7-6 10-6.
Over on Court 5, Marni Banks was back in action after knocking out No.1 seed Samantha Murray Sharan on Day 1. Her opponent this time was Eden Silva who also came into the match off the back of an excellent 1st round win, but yet again Banks proved too strong, winning 6-2 6-1. Meanwhile Yuriko Miyazaki continues to look like a serious competitor in this opening British Tour competition after she beat Amelia Rajecki 6-1 6-1.
Taking the final semi-final spot is No.2 seed Jodie Burrage who faced former world No. 76 Naomi Broady in the late match of the draw. Burrage was on good form as she picked up a 6-4 6-2 win and booked her place in the next round.
Glasspool impresses as Men's Tier 1 singles draw gets underway
As the Men's singles action got underway, all eyes were on Birmingham's Lloyd Glasspool, who comes into the tournament off the back of an excellent doubles run with British No.1 Dan Evans at last week's Battle of the Brits. Glasspool got off to a great start and posted a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over Joshua Paris.
Elsewhere in the draw, Mark Whitehouse's match against Charles Broom was a tale of momentum shifts, with the score ending 6-1 1-6 10-6 to Whitehouse. Jonathan Gray and Anton Matusevich played out a real nail-biter on Court 5. The two battled hard before Gray eventually won at 10-8 in the match tie-break.
Alastair Gray, Billy Harris and Arthur Fery all looked sharp in their opening matches and go through to the quarter-finals with fantastic wins. Luke Johnson closed out play on Court 5 with a 6-2 6-3 win over Alexis Canter, whilst Alexander Juhn fought back from a set down to win against Issac Stoute.
Drama, upsets and rain delays on Day 1 as No.1 seed Murray Sharan goes out
It was a slow start to Day 1 on the first week of the LTA's British Tour event series, with rain delays interupting the opening matches of the Women's Premier singles event. After the showers past, play began with the No.1 seed and world No. 180 Samantha Murray Sharan in action against young Marni Banks. Banks got off to a great start and never looked back, winning 6-2 6-3 to cause the biggest upset in the 1st round.
Kick-starting the action on Court 5 was Amelia Rajecki who fought hard in a close match against Grace Piper. The 18-year old picked up a 7-5 6-3 win to stay in the competition. Elsewhere, Eden Silva made swift work of her first match and looked impressive as she progressed to the 2nd round with a 6-2 6-1 win over Tiffany William.
Arguably the game of the day was Eliz Maloney vs Yuriko Miyazaki. Maloney took the first set 6-4, and then Miyazaki found a new gear in her fightback, taking the second set to force a match tie break. Maloney sprinted to a 8-5 lead, then Miyazaki fought back again to win the next 5 points and snatch away the match, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.
There were wins for Emma Raducanu, defeating Emily Appelton after a match tie break 4-6, 6-3,10-8, and Alicia Barnett who beat Alice Gillan in straight sets, 7-6(4) 6-2 to advance to the next round. Naomi Broady advances to the next round after a 6-4, 6-3 win over Beth Grey. Jodie Burrage also defeated Freya Christie 6-2 6-1.