Liam Broady & Billy Harris finish runners-up in ATP Challenger finals
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Get the latest of the British tennis stars competing across the world as three Brits progressed to singles finals this weekend.
Broady finishes runner-up in Biel
Liam Broady reached his 10th ATP Challenger singles title in Switzerland as he aimed to repeat his title-winning heroics in Biel from just two years ago.
The fourth seed breezed through his opening rounds before coming from a set behind to defeat Canada’s Gabriel Diallo 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the quarter-final. In the semi-finals he took down former world No.56 Marcus Copil 6-3, 6-4 to set up a final against Jurij Rodionov.
However, his hopes of a second ATP Challenger trophy came to an end with the 29-year-old being forced to retire having lost the first set 6-3.
Broady’s performance in Biel however will see him rise up 30 places in the rankings to world No.131 – just 15 off his career high.
Harris makes final debut in ATP Challenger
Billy Harris had a career-best result at the Las Franquesas Del Valles Challenger, making his first ATP Challenger final.
In a dominant week from the 28-year-old Brit, Harris didn’t drop a set through four rounds in Spain, including a 7-6(3), 7-6(4) semi-final win over world No.99 Max Purcell – ending the Australian’s 18-match winning streak.
In the final, Harris came up against second seed Hugo Grenier and despite taking the first set, eventually lost 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(3).
A breakthrough week for Harris has seen his jump 68 places in the world rankings to a career-high No.305.
Wendelken & Bains shine on ITF Tour
On the ITF Tour, Harry Wendelken finished as runner-up at the M25 Toulouse-Balma this weekend.
The 21-year-old knocked out the third, fifth and eighth seeds en route to the final, but was unable to get over the line against Nikolay Vylegzhanin in the final – losing out 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
There was also a semi-final finish for Naiktha Bains in the W60 Canberra doubles with Taiwan’s En Shuo Liang. The top seeds lost to Erina Hayashi and Yuki Naito 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.