British Tennis Round-up: Hewett seals maiden Super Series title
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United States – Baton Rouge
Alfie Hewett clinched his first Super Series singles title while playing at the Cajun Classic in Louisiana. The world No.1 maintained a straight sets record throughout the tournament and battled past Japan’s Shingo Kunieda 6-3, 7-6(6) in the final.
2018 marks the first year that the tournament has been classed as a Super Series event - one of six major wheelchair events outside of the Grand Slams
Lucy Shuker was also on strong form and won the doubles event with Dutch partner Diede de Groot. The pair met Dutch top seeds Marjolein Buis and Aniek van Koot in the final and fought back from 5-2 down in the deciding set to seal a 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory. The result marks Shuker’s third victory in the previous three Super Series tournaments.
Andy Lapthorne reached the final of the quad singles after defeating Japan’s Mitsuteru Moroishi 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, but fell to world No.3 Dylan Alcott Saturday’s final. He also finished runner-up of the doubles with British compatriot Antony Cotterill.
United States – Miami
Cam Norrie, Liam Broady and Katie Boulter were on fine form at the Miami Open and successfully qualified for the ATP World Tour Masters and WTA Premier Mandatory tournament.
While Norrie and Boulter’s impressive runs came to an end after first-round main draw defeats, Broady went on to capture his first Masters win following a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over Bjorn Fratangelo. He faced Serbian 22nd seed Filip Krajinovic in the second-round, but fell 6-3, 6-2.
Johanna Konta kickstarted the defence of her title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, before she ousted 22nd seed Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1 to reach the round of 16. She faced eighth seed Venus Williams for a spot in the quarter-finals, but suffered a three-set defeat to the seven-time Grand Slam champion.
Jodie Burrage won her second ITF Pro Circuit career singles title while playing at a $15,000 tournament in Sharm El Sheikh. The 18-year old met Nadja Gilchrist in the final and sailed to a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Hot on the heels of winning a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Ramat Hasharon, Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls travelled to Tel Aviv to make it back-to-back titles. The pair faced French top seeds Mathilde Armitano and Elixane Lechemia in the final and claimed a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory.
Other Brits in action
Gabriella Taylor extended her match winning streak to 19 consecutive wins by reaching the semi-finals of a $60,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Canberra, Australia.
Emily Appleton and Emily Webley-Smith enjoyed doubles success by finishing finalists in their respective $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournaments. Appleton teamed up with Finish partner Mia Nicole Eklund to reach the final in Heraklion, Greece, while Webley-Smith partnered Zimbabwe’s Valeria Bhunu to make the same stage in Manama, Bahrain.
On home soil
The National Tennis Centre in Roehampton played host to the 12U Winter National Tour Finals, which saw Given Roach and Jack Deveney become champions. Discover a full breakdown of draws and results.
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