Miyazaki clinches biggest title of her career, while British stars claim doubles crowns across the globe
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From doubles delight, to biggest career titles, it was another standout week in the world of British tennis. Catch up on the latest British tennis champions and news from the first week of February.
Miyazaki secures maiden W75 title in France
Lily Miyazaki got the new month off to a dream start, as she rallied to seal her biggest career title to date and first singles title since 2022 at the W75 Andrezieux-Boutheon.
Miyazaki was a force to be reckoned with across the week, with the 28-year-old defeating France’s Marine Szostak and Audrey Albie in straight sets in the opening two rounds, before edging past fellow Brit Emily Appleton 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-1 to reach the semi-final.
The Brit produced arguably her most impressive performance in the final four when she came back from a set and 3-5 down to defeat top seed and world No.75 Oceane Dodin in three sets.
In the final, Miyazaki produced yet another comeback win against Jessika Ponchet, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to claim the crown. The Brit now finds herself ranked back inside the WTA 200 and could be set for a career-high ranking in the coming months if she continues this trajectory.
The doubles draw also saw all-British duo Freya Christie and Appleton reach the final in Andrezieuc-Boutheon, where the pair narrowly missed out on the trophy to Alevtina Ibragimova and Ekaterina Ovcharenko, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Doubles success rolls in on ITF Tour
Doubles duo David Stevenson and James Davis joined forces to lift their first title together at the M15 Veigy-Foncenex.
Stevenson and Davis sealed the silverware with a 6-3, 7-6(1) win over French duo Adan Freire Da Silva and Yanis Ghazouani Durand.
This title marks Stevenson’s second title of the year, having also picked up the trophy at the M25 event in Sunderland a couple of weeks ago.
Elsewhere on the ITF Tour, Holly Hutchinson teamed up with Laura Boehner to clinch the first doubles title of her career at the W15 Monastir.
The British, German pair dropped just one set en route to the final, where they closed in on a dominant week with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over Rikke De Koning and Marente Sijbesma.
Burrage shines in Linz
Jodie Burrage reached another career milestone, as she came through qualifying to reach a first WTA 500 quarter-final at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz event.
The British No.2 overcame Emiliana Arango and Anna-Lena Friedsam in the qualifiers before easing past Varvara Gracheva and Jaqueline Cristian in straight sets to reach the final six.
In the quarter-finals, she faced a tough challenge in top seed and eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko, where she eventually lost out in a 6-1, 6-2 defeat.
This impressive run seees Burrage claw up to world No.88 with the Brit edging closer to her career high ranking of 85.
Glasspool, Patten and Gill reach semi-finals across ATP and Challenger Tours
Coming together for the first time this year, Glasspool and Patten fell just short of a spot in the final two, after missing out to Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul, 7-5, 7-6(2).
Meanwhile on the Challenger Tour, Felix Gill was a semi-finalist at the Piracicaba Challenger, having eased through to the final four without dropping a set.
Competing in his first career Challenger semi-final, the Beyond the Baseline star came up against Argentina’s Camilo Ugo Carabelli where he lost out in a 6-3, 6-0 defeat.