BANGALORE, INDIA – Jay Clarke made his first ATP Challenger event final, taking out the fifth seed along the way. There is much to take from this week for the Brit.
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Brit of the Week
Jay Clarke was the highest ranked Brit at the ATP Challenger in Bangalore. The first round saw the Brit drawn against Sidharth Rawat. The Indian had come through qualifying to reach the main draw. Rawat had nothing to trouble Clarke though, as the Brit progressed into the second round with ease 6-3, 6-3
The second round and the Brit faced another Indian, this time it was the fifth seed Ramkumar Ramanathan. The seed pushed Clarke all the way in the first set, and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker the Indian dominated and the Brit was unable to get much from it and the set was soon gone.
Clarke, however, was not done yet and soon found a way back into the match. Having worked out the serve of the seed, the Brit soon broke in the second set to level up. The final set was a little edgy, but the Brit was still in the ascendancy and managed to break Ramanathan to seal a quarter-final spot 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarter-final Clarke was against Ante Pavic. The Croatian could not get into the match in the first set and the Brit was soon up a set having broken Pavic. The second set was tougher for Clarke who found himself broken for the first time. Pavic levelled up and the third set was very tight with neither breaking serve.
The set eventually went into a tiebreak as neither player wanted to give way. It was here that Clarke took charge, dominating the tiebreak for the loss of only one point. Sealing the spot in the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(1).
Moving into the semi-final and the Brit was against Tsung-Hua Yang. The Taipei player put up very little resistance in the match, with Clarke managing to obtain the break in both sets to claim the spot in his first ATP Challenger final 6-3, 6-4
In the final Clarke was against Sumit Nagal. The Indian managed to get the first break of serve as the Brit faltered, however Clarke turned this round in the second set and pulled back to leave a final set shoot out to decide who would win the title. Unfortunately, Clarke was broken twice and as the Indian claimed the title on home soil to bring to an end a good week 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Challenger & ITF Round Up
Brydan Klein lost in the second round of Bangalore to the eventual champion 4-6, 6-4, 5-7
Gabriella Taylor lost in the second round of Sharm El Sheikh 6-7(4), 2-6
Freya Christie lost in the second round of Sharm El Sheikh 4-6, 6-4, 3-6
Jodie Burrage lost in the semi-final of Sharm El Sheikh 2-6, 1-6
Ed Corrie lost in the first round of Ohio 4-6, 2-6
Alex Ward and Luke Bambridge faced each other in the final of Ohio with Ward taking the title 6-4, 6-4
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