Emma Raducanu in the Wimbledon Girls Singles, 2017
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain plays a backhand during the Girl's Singles second round match against En Shuo Liang of Chinese Tapei on day eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu claims first pro title in Israel

By Glenys Furness

  • Emma Raducanu took the title in Tiberias
  • 15 year old didn’t drop a set all tournament
  • Defeated three seeds to lift the trophy
TIBERIAS, ISRAEL – Emma Raducanu came through qualifying and lifted the trophy to claim her first pro title. The 15 year old Brit didn’t drop a set to claim the title.


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Emma Raducanu entered the qualifying event in Tiberias, having received a bye in the first round. The Brit only lost three games in the final round of qualifying to book a place in the main draw.

In the first round the young Brit was against American Madison Bourguignon. The first set saw the American go toe to toe with Raducanu, but the Brit struck first and took the break needed to edge ahead in the set, holding serve to have the lead. In the second set, the Brit also only needed one break of serve to book a spot in the next round. Taking the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The second round saw Raducanu against the fifth seed Melis Sezer. The Turkish player was no match for Raducanu in the first set, with the Brit dominating and easily taking the lead. In the second set Sezer tried to mount a fight back, but the Brit was able to secure the break of serve and take the win 6-1, 6-4.

In the quarter-final she was against Laetitia Pulchartova. The Czech struggled against the young Brit who continued from where she had left off from the last round. Raducanu broke at will whilst the Czech was unable to get anything on the serve of the Brit. In no time at all the young Brit had moved into the semi final in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

The semi-final Raducanu was facing third seed Vlada Ekshibarova. In the first set the seed stayed with the Brit at the start, but found the qualifier on another level. The Brit showed no fear and broke in the first set and never looked back. Ekshibarova was unable to hold serve in the second set as Raducanu romped away and booked a place in the final 6-3, 6-0.

In the final the young Brit was against the fourth seed Helene Scholsen. The Belgian stayed with Raducanu in the first set and forced a tiebreak, however the Brit was undaunted as she took the breaker without much trouble. The second set saw Raducanu break early to take the lead, but the Belgian broke back and would serve to level up the set. The Brit held firm and broke the seed just on the two hour mark to claim the title 7-6(3), 6-4.





Challenger & ITF Round Up

Liam Broady was defeated by Tommy Robredo in the second round in Lisbon 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Pawel Cias in the first round in Poland 6-4, 6-4.

Elliott Farmer was defeated by Thomas Colautti in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-3.

Thomas Colautti was defeated by Anis Ghorbel in the second round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-0.

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Moez Echargui in the second round in Tunisia 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3.

Jack Findel-Hawkins was defeated by Federico Zeballos in the second round in Mexico 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).

Dan Dowson was defeated by Omar Salman in the second round in Spain 7-6(5), 6-2.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Miriana Tona in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-4.

Katie Boulter was defeated by Tammi Patterson in the first round in Japan retiring with the score 3-6, 6-4 RET.

Tara Moore was defeated by Katy Dunne in the second round in Japan 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Katy Dunne was defeated by Naomi Broady in the quarter-final in Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Naomi Broady was defeated by Abbie Myers in the semi-final in Japan 7-5, 6-3.

Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Lu Jiajing in the semi-final in China 6-0, 7-6(5).

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Choi Ji-hee in the first round in Korea 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Ulrikke Eikeri in the second round in Korea 6-0, 6-4.

Anna Popescu was defeated by Alice Gillan in the second round in Sweden 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Raveena Kingsley in the quarter-final in Sweden 6-2, 6-0.

Next Week Brits play in Geneva, Lyon, Paris, Loughborough, Poland, Tunisia, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Nurnberg, Japan, USA & Korea.


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