British Tour: Week 2 - Day 4 match updates
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- No.1 seed Cameron Norrie defeats No. 2 seed Paul Jubb, 6-1, 6-3 in the men's singles
- Maia Lumsden came back to beat Alicia Dudeney 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 in the women's final
- Norrie & Gray take home the LTA FAST4 doubles title
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Kicking off the last day in the second British Tour event at the National Tennis Centre was the men’s singles final. Competing for the title were the two top seeds in the competition, Cameron Norrie (No. 1 seed) & Paul Jubb (No. 2 seed) Norrie who held a perfect record coming into the match, continued his brilliant form rushing out to a 3-0 lead in the first set. Jubb then held his serve to make it 3-1, before Norrie powered to take the 1st set 6-1. Norrie then broke again in the opening game of the 2nd set, to gain an early lead and place one hand on the British Tour trophy. Jubb and Norrie held serve until 5-3, when some more powerful hitting from Norrie set up break & match points, which Norrie took full advantage of to take the title 6-1, 6-3.
Cameron Norrie reflected on his performance after the match, “I played great and took it very seriously.” Paul Jubb also shared his views on the tournament, “I gained a lot of good confidence and played a lot of good tennis. It’s one to build on for sure.”
Up next was the final of the women’s singles, with No. 2 seed Maia Lumsden taking on Alicia Dudeney. The match started with both players holding their first two service games, before Dudeney broke in the 6th game to take a 4-2 lead. Dudeney then served out for the 1st set to take it 6-3. The 2nd seed then fought back to break Dudeney in the second set, before Dudeney put the match back on serve. Lumsden then broke back immediately to take the set 6-4, to force a match tie break. Dudeney, who had already won two match tie breaks earlier in the competition took an early lead, before Lumsden held her nerve to tie the match up again at 9-9. Then Lumsden took control, winning the next two points to take the title and the match 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
The British Tour finished with some incredible men’s doubles action in the LTA FAST4 format. Cameron Norrie teamed up with Alastair Gray and continued his fine form in the doubles, defeating Jones & Paris 1-4, 4-3, 11-9, and then Broom & Steven 4-3(6), 1-4, 10-3 to make the final. No. 1 seeds Dominic Inglot & Joe Salisbury joined them in the last match of the competition, after beating Gibbins & Stoute 4-2, 4-2, and then Houghton & Patten 4-3(4), 4-1. The experienced pair of Inglot & Salisbury however could not defeat the in-form Norrie & Gray, who powered to victory 4-1, 4-3(4) to take the title.
The penultimate day in the 2nd British Tour event at the National Tennis Centre kicked off with a match for the ages. Marni Banks took on fourth seed Emily Arbuthnott on Centre Court. Banks started strong, taking the opening set 6-2, only for Arbuthnott to break late in the second set to take it to a match tie break. The decider did not disappoint, with some stunning shots from both players. Wonderful defence got Marni Banks out of trouble, forcing the tie break to 10-10, whom then held the momentum to win her second match point to take the quarter-final tie 6-2, 4-6, 13-11.
Elsewhere, Amelia Rajecki defeated Amelia Bissett 6-3, 6-2 to make the final four. Alicia Dudeney performed brilliantly to comeback from a set down against the top seed Yuriko Lily Miyazaki to win 0-6, 6-2, 10-7 in another match tie-break. Maia Lumsden also made the semi-finals by defeating Jessica Dawson 6-4, 6-4.
Next up were the two men’s singles semi-finals and both the highest seeded players continued their good form to complete straight set victories. Cameron Norrie broke early in the first set to set the tempo and then powered to victory, 6-2, 6-4 over Aidan McHugh. Paul Jubb then set up a final between the two top seeds in the competition, after defeating Anton Matusevich 6-3, 6-4.
Finally Maia Lumsden progressed into the women’s singles final in the last match of the day, by defeating Amelia Rajecki 6-4, 6-3. Alicia Dudeney, joins Lumsden in the final after a withdrawal from Marni Banks, in the other semi-final.
Day 2 at the National Tennis Centre was filled with British sunshine and victories for all the seeded players on Centre Court. Maia Lumsden defeated Emma Wilson 6-3, 6-0 in the opener. Then Cameron Norrie won another match in straight sets, beating Mason Recci 6-4, 6-2. Emily Arbuthnott saw off Erin Richardson 6-2, 6-4 in the penultimate encounter on centre court. Finally Paul Jubb impressed again, in a victory over Alastair Gray 7-5, 6-2 in the final match of the day.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Amelia Rajecki, Marni Banks, Aiden McHugh & Anton Matusevich on court 5, all in straight sets. The stand out match on court 6, was a wonderful comeback from Alicia Dudeney who won 5-7 6-1 10-8 in a match tie break over Nadia Rawson. Amelia Bissett, Jesica Dawson and Yuriko Lily Miyazaki also were victorious on court 6.
Day 1 of the second British Tour event got underway in overcast conditions as the players took to the outside courts of the National Tennis Centre. Up first on Centre Court was No.3 seed Aidan McHugh doing battle against Joshua Parris and after an enthralling encounter it was McHugh who claimed a 7-6, 4-6, 10-7 win.
Up next was Paul Jubb, who recently played in the Battle of the Brits, taking on Max Basing. After falling behind early the No.2 seeded Jubb fought his way back to just avoid the showers and take the match 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 on the match tie break.
It was then a case of moving indoors as the clouds opened and the rain came down, not that this slowed Cameron Norrie who powered his way to a 6-1, 6-0 vicotry over Ben Jones. Rounding up the action on Centre Court Anton Matusevic got the better of George Houghton with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
On Court 5 there were wins for Henry Patten, Alastair Gray, Mason Recci and Jack Pinnington Jones. With the women's event due to start on Friday we're due for another action packed day at the National Tennis Centre.