Gabriella Taylor claims first 25K title in Changwon


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By Glenys Furness

  • Gabriella Taylor takes first singles title in Korea
  • Defeats three higher seeds en route
Changwon, Korea Gabriella Taylor drops only one set on her way to claiming first 25K singles title.


Brit of the week

Gabriella Taylor was seeded sixth at the ITF Changwon Women’s Challenger, in the first round the Brit faced the unseeded opponent from America Hanna Chang. Taylor had no trouble in disposing of the American as the seed more or less broke at will. Chang was unable to make an impression in the match as the Brit lost only six games in the whole match to book a second round spot 6-3, 6-3.

The second round saw the Brit against a local Ji-Hee Choi, this match was even more of a stroll for the sixth seed. Taylor was once again un-troubled and dominated the match from the start. With barely a breath the match was soon out of reach for the Korean who only managed to win four games. 6-2, 6-2.

In the quarter final, the sixth seed was up against Luksika Kumkhum the second seed from Thailand. The first set was very close, with neither player giving an inch. Right at the death of the set though Taylor managed to sneak the break and take the set. It appeared that the effort of the first set had taken it out of the Brit though, as Kumkhum fought back and dominated the second set to level up. The final set would be a test for Taylor to see how badly she wanted the win. The sixth seed broke when needed and secured the big win to make the Semi final 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

The Semi final and the Brit was against another Korean, this time it was Na Ri Kim. Kim the fourth seed was favourite on paper to take this. Taylor though had other ideas. Just like the quarter final, the first set was a real battle, and once again the sixth seed secured the break right at the end of the set. This took the fight out of the Korean as Taylor dished out a bagel in the next to make her first 25k final 7-5, 6-0.

In the final the Brit was against the third seed Danielle Lao.  The American proved to be no match for Taylor, despite the higher ranking. The Brit strolled her way through the match, dominating in all areas and losing only four games, to claim the title 6-2, 6-2.


Honourable Mention

Ryan Storrie came through qualifying in Antalya to make the main draw. In the first round the Brit was against Milos Nikolic. The Serb would have hoped to defeat the Brit in this round, but Storrie was having non of it. Taking the match with very little trouble to continue his good run through qualifying the Brit soon disposed of Nikolic 6-3,6-3.

The second round and the Brit was against the second seed Marsel Ilhan. The local managed to keep Storrie on his toes in the first set, but the Brit secured the break at the end of the set. The Turk then had very little to offer in the second, with the unseeded Brit knocking out the second seed 7-5, 6-4.

In the quarter final Storrie was facing Robin Stanek. The seventh seeded Czech player found the Brit far too strong in the first set with Storrie taking it easily. The second set was very different though and the seed managed to fight back, it looked to be heading towards a tiebreak, but the Brit secured the break right at the end of the set. Taking the spot in the semi final 6-3, 7-5.

The semi final is where the Brit’s run came to an end. Up against the third seed Marc Sieber Storrie had finally met his match. The German wasted no time in dominating the entire match and took out the Brit for the loss of only three games. 6-2, 5-1. Storrie can take a lot from reaching this stage.


Challenger and other ITF singles round ups.

Joel Cannell lost in the first round in Antalya 6-7(7), 6-0, 2-6

Freya Christie (fifth seed) lost in the quarter final in Changwon 0-6, 3-6 to the top seed Na-Lea Han

Katie Swan (seventh seed) retired in the second round 4-6, 0-2 in Changwon

Samantha Murray lost in the first round Changwon 6-7(3), 6-3, 0-6

Harriet Dart (fifth seed) lost in the Semi final in Hua Hin 6-3, 6-4

Laura Robson (seventh seed) retired in the quarter final of Fukuoka 4-6, 0-2

Katie Boulter lost in the quarter final of Fukuoka 3-6, 0-6

Liam Broady lost in first round of Seoul 3-6, 4-6

Brydan Klein lost in the first round of Seoul 4-6, 6-3, 1-6.

Alexander Ward lost in the first round of Seoul 3-6, 4-6

Next week Brits play in Rome, Busan,  & Helibronn.