Lloyd Glasspool reaches seventh ATP doubles final of the season as Brits claim titles in Glasgow, Abingdon and Plock
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Just the ten titles for the Brits this week (yes, you read that correctly!) - catch up on all the latest from your favourite British tennis stars on tour last week.
Glasspool and Heliovaara edge closer to ATP Finals
Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara’s dream season continued last week with the British, Finnish duo reaching their seventh ATP Tour final of the season in Stockholm.
Having reached a new career-high ranking at world No.19 last week, Glasspool claimed his 50th tour win of the season in Sweden as he and Heliovaara cruised through to the final without dropping a set.
There they met top seeds Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, losing out on a second title of the year 6-3, 6-3 to the French Open champions.
Glasspool and Heliovaara’s title in Hamburg and runners-up medals in Stockholm, Metz, Umag, cinch Championships, Dallas and Montpellier puts them in sixth in the doubles Race to the Nitto ATP Finals in November. Glasspool is one of three Brits currently in the top eight teams heading to Turin.
Brits take the spotlight in Glasgow
The Brits shone brightest again on another successful week in Glasgow as part of our Performance Competitions Calendar – enhancing competition opportunities for domestic players.
26-year-old Lily Miyazki won the biggest singles title of her career at the W60 Glasgow, overcoming four fellow Brits to lift the trophy.
After upsetting top seed Katie Swan in the second round 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, Miyazaki went on to seal a straight sets win over close friend, Jodie Burrage. Miyazaki looked like she might have to settle for runner-up as she trailed former world No.38 Heather Watson 5-7, 1-5 in the final, but produced a stunning comeback to take the victory 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2.
Freya Christie and Ali Collins’s brilliant doubles season took another big step as they won their fourth ITF title of the season in Glasgow. The top seeds wrapped up the second biggest trophy of their careers after edging past Emily Appleton and Miyazaki 7-5, 5-7, 10-4 in the semi-finals, before a 6-4, 6-1 win over Spanish duo Irene Burillo Escorihuela and Andrea Lazaro Garcia.
Aidan McHugh led the way for the Brits in the M25 Glasgow with his first singles crown of the year so far. McHugh eased to the semi-finals, where he held his nerve to beat Giles Hussey 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3), and finished by taking down second seed Filip Peliwo 7-6(4), 6-4 in the final.
Finally, Hussey tasted doubles success for the sixth time this season – lifting the M25 Glasgow title with Israel’s Daniel Cukierman after beating Anton Matusevich and Joshua Paris 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-8.
Four British titles at ITF Wheelchair event in Abingdon
Sticking with the Performance Competitions Calendar, but this time heading to Abingdon for the ITF Wheelchair Futures event – there was more title success for Dahnon Ward, Andrew Penney, James Shaw and Gary Cox.
Ward went unbeaten in Abingdon as the 17-year-old won his first senior singles and sixth doubles title of the year. The young Brit only dropped four games in four matches en route to his maiden singles trophy of the season, finishing with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Penney in the final.
Ward and Penney then joined forces in the doubles at the White Horse Leisure & Tennis Centre. Once again, they cruised into the final where they were due to play fellow Brits Joshua Johns and Andy Lapthorne, but in the end, received a walkover to win the title.
It was a similar story for 27-year-old Shaw, who won both the quad singles and doubles competitions in Abingdon, to claim his first trophies of the year. Shaw defeated 15-year-old Oliver Cox 6-2, 6-3 in the singles final, before teaming up with Gary Cox to beat Dan Pennington-Bridges and Cox 6-2, 6-4 in the doubles.
Abbie Breakwell finished as runner-up in both draws this year – staring with the singles where she was defeated 6-1, 7-5 by Israel’s Maayan Zikiri. Breakwell and Ruby Bishop had to settle runners-up in the women’s doubles to top seeds Christina Pesendorder and Zikri, losing 6-3, 6-4.
Bailey wins first singles title of season as Bishop reaps more doubles success
Second seed, Bailey came through five rounds without losing a set to win the singles title – finishing with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over Israel’s Sergei Lysov in the final.
Bishop and Bulgaria’s Zoya Chavdarova made it two titles in two weeks in Plock, after finishing top of their round-robin group with two wins from two matches.