Away from New York and the US Open it wasn’t a very good week for Brits on the lower tiers of the tennis tour. Dan Evans, Ryan Peniston , Andrew Watson and Luke Johnson all made the second round of their events.
Starting with Evans in Mallorca and the Rafael Nadal Open. The Brit made the main draw as an alternate and in the first round drew João Domingues. Evans managed to break the Portuguese player in both sets and soon had things under control. The Brit moved to the second round in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The second round the Brit came across Daniel Brands. The German broke the serve of Evans in the first set to take the lead. However, in the second set the Brit stayed toe to toe with Brands and forced a tiebreak. The German edged the breaker to knock Evans out 6-4, 7-6(6).
Andrew Watson and Ryan Peniston both entered the ITF Futures event in Spain. The first round Watson drew Diego Hidalgo. The Brit broke the serve of the Ecuadorian in the first set and didn’t look back. Watson soon had the set, the second set saw Watson break serve of Hidalgo again before the Ecuadorian retired from the match 6-3, 2-0 RET.
In the second round Watson faced the eighth seed Yishai Oliel. The Israeli broke serve in the first set to take the lead, however Watson was not done. Re-grouping the Brit fought back in the second and forced a tiebreak which Watson won. The final set saw a break of serve again for the Israeli who went on to win the match 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3.
Meanwhile Peniston drew the second seed Jordi Samper Montaña in the first round. The Brit was well on top in the match, breaking the Spaniard in both sets. Samper Montaña was unable to break back and Peniston progressed to the second round 6-3, 6-3.
The second round had Peniston up against Mauricio Echazú. The Peruvian broke serve in the first set and held on to take the lead. In the second set the Brit was dominated by the Peruvian who more or less broke at will and ended the run of Peniston 6-4, 6-2.
Over in Italy Johnson drew Daniil Zarichansky in the first round. The Brit completely dominated the Ukrainian in the first set and didn’t lose a game. In the second set the Brit managed another break of serve to move into the next round 6-0, 6-3.
The second round saw the Brit against seventh seed Sami Reinwein. The German broke serve in both sets to end the run of Johnson 6-4, 6-4.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
James Ward was defeated by Nicola Kuhn in the first round in Mallorca 6-7(6), 7-6(2), 7-6(4).
George Loffhagen was defeated by Colin Sinclair in the first round in Belgium 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Tiffany William was defeated by Marina Bassols Ribera in the first round in Holland 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2).
Emily Appleton was defeated by Kim Cherry in the first round in Korea 6-2, 7-6(3).
Next week Brits play in New York, Cassis, Canada, Tunisia, France, Spain, USA, Croatia, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Korea & Portugal.
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