British Tour: Week 3 - Day 2 match updates
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Arthur Fery wins the men's singles after defeating Jonathan Gray 6-2 2-6 10-6
Grace Piper beats Emma Wilson 6-3 4-6 10-8 to win the women's singles title
Arthur Fery and Jonathan Gray to face off in men's singles final
Grace Piper and Emma Wilson cruise through to the women's singles final with straight set wins
Arthur Fery upsets No.1 seed Jack Draper 6-3 6-4
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Fery proves too strong and claims singles trophy
Coming into Day 2, Arthur Fery was the talk of the competition after causing the upset of the tournament in knocking out Jack Draper in the 1st round. In the semi-finals he faced off against Finn Bass, who battled through two tough matches to reach the final 4. But again, Fery proved why he's been the man to beat this weekend and crusied past Bass with a 6-3 6-0 win, setting himself up well for the final.
In the second semi-final No.3 seed Simon Carr matched up with the No.4 seed Jonathan Gray, in what promised to be a close encounter. However, despite Carr's efforts in winning the 1st set 6-3, he was eventually forced to retire with injury, giving Gray the win.
It was only two weeks ago that Fery won the British Tour week 1 final and yet here he found himself again, facing off against Jonathan Gray for a chance at a 2nd title. And it was a brilliant start from Fery as he took an early 6-2 lead to put him a set up, but Gray came back strong and levelled things up heading into the tie-break. In the end though it was Fery who held his own and closed out the match 10-6 in the tie-break to lift the trophy.
Piper clinches title in close match-up
After impressing in their matches on Day 1, Grace Piper and Emma Wilson there were no signs of either of them slowing down in the semi-finals. Piper was first up on Centre Court, where she faced Olivia Rook for a place in the final. Despite a valiant performance from Rook, Piper proved too strong and continued her winning run at the British Tour with a 6-2 6-3 victory.
Over on the other court, 23-year old Wilson showed signs that she was peaking just at the right time in the competition. Her opponent Michelle Dzjachangirova was a force to be reckoned with after picking up two excellent wins on Day 1 but Wilson didn't shy away from the challenge. She came storming out the gates to take the 1st set 6-2 and despite Dzjachangirova's efforts to get back into the match, won the 2nd 6-4.
It was only fitting that the two stand-out players from the weekend would eventually face off in the final, in a match that failed to disappoint. No.1 seed Piper, showed her strength in the 1st set, dominating the rallies from the baseline and seizing her opportunities to take an early lead. But Wilson refused to give up and put in a gutsy display in the 2nd set to force a match tie-break. Eventually though, Piper's quality proved a little too much and she clinched the match 6-3 4-6 10-8.
Day 2 Order of Play
Grace Piper vs Olivia Rook
Michelle Dzjachangirova vs Emma Wilson
Winners will then play in the final
Arthur Fery vs Finn Bass
Jonathan Gray vs Simon Carr
Winners will then play in the final
Fery and Piper standouts on intense day of competition
Week 3 of the LTA's British Tour kicked off with a bang as the two day Women's and Men's Tier 1 singles event got underway. First up on court was the Round of 16 women's singles which didn't fail to entertain. Emma Wilson and Esther Adeshina were quick off the mark to pick up their first victories, whilst Indianna Spink staged a huge comeback from a set down to win 12-10 in the match tie-break.
Elsewhere, early wins for Dzjachangirova, Smith, Nobbs and Rook set up an intriguing quarter-finals line-up. Perhaps the most impressive player of the day was No.1 seed Grace Piper, who breezed through both of her first matches whilst only dropping 5 games. Piper will be the one to beat looking forward to finals day tomorrow.
Joining her in the semi-finals will be Wilson, Rook and Dzjachangirova who all rose to the occassion and fought hard to make their way to Day 2.
In the men's competition there was an early upset as Jack Draper crashed out in straight sets after an impressive performance from Arthur Fery. Fery, who picked up the title on the first week of the British Tour has been in strong form and showed his quality in a 6-4 6-3 win over Draper. Fery then went on to beat Issac Stoute in the quarter-finals in a comfortable two set match.
Finn Bass also had a great first day - after edging a close match against Brandon Murphy he went on to pick up another win against Jake Hersey to secure his place for finals day. Making up the rest of the line-up for Day 2 are No.3 and 4 seeds Simon Carr and Jonathan Gray.
Carr's impressive wins against Meehan and Tyler will give him a lot of confidence moving into the next round, after beating both in comfortable straight set matches. Much like Fery, Gray has come into the event with a fair bit of match practice under his belt in the past few weeks. This definitely showed as he had the mental toughness to fight through a match tie-break against Little and then a further win vs Walters to close out the evening's play.