Maia Lumsden entered the event in Mragowo Poland as the seventh seed. In the first round her opponent was unseeded Spaniard Alba Carrillo Marin and the ranking disparity was clear from the outset. The Brit was in control of the match very early on. The Spaniard could do nothing against the seventh seeds game and before long found themselves on the wrong end a dominating performance, as the Brit lost only two games in the match 6-2, 6-0.
The second round was a little tougher for the Brit, her opponent was Diana Sumova. The first set was very tight with neither player giving an inch and inevitably the set went to a tiebreak. Lumsden secured the early break and the Czech could not pull the set back, and the seventh seed was ahead. The second set saw Sumova find her game as the Brit faltered. The Czech dominated the set and the match was level. In the final set however, the Brit re-found her game and was back to dominating and soon had the match in the bag 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2.
In the quarter-final Lumsden was up against the top seed Jacqueline Cabaj Awad from Sweden. Once again the first set saw neither player giving much away as tiebreak would have to decide the set. The seventh seed edged the breaker to claim a lead. The second set was still close, but Lumsden secured the break needed to defeat the top seed in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-4.
The semi-final had the Brit against the fourth seed Jade Suvrijn. Lumsden stayed with the French player all the way in the first set, until right at the end, when Suvrijn managed to break the Brits serve to steal the set. The seventh seed would not go down without a fight however, and the second set the Brit dominated and delivered a bagel set to the top seed. In the final set it took just one break for the French player to take the win as the run of Lumsden was ended 5-7, 6-0, 4-6.
Over in Portugal Ryan Peniston came through the qualifying rounds in Sintra and into the main draw. The Brit was against the second seed Michal Konecny in the first round. The first set was once again evidence that qualifiers should never be taken lightly, as the Brit soon secured a break of serve and had the first set in the bag. The Brit broke early in the second set to be leading when the Czech retired injured 6-3, 2-0.
The second round and the Brit drew American John Lamble as a battle of the unseeded players would ensue in the match. Peniston had very little trouble in dispatching the American dominating both sets, more or less breaking at will to sail into the quarter final 6-2, 6-2.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against another non seeded player, Francisco Cabral. The Portuguese player was no match for Peniston who was on a roll. The Brit dominated the match as Cabral was unable to use any sort of game plan against him. Peniston lost only three games in the whole match to book a spot in the semi final 6-2, 6-1.
The semi-final had the Brit faced Spaniard David Perez Sanz, Peniston could not get on the board in the first set as the Spaniard dominated and delivered a bagel to the Brit. In the second set the Brit managed to get his game together and stayed with the Spaniard for a long time, unfortunately right towards the end of the second set the Spaniard broke serve to book a place in the final 0-6, 5-7.
Challenger & ITF Round up
James Marsalek lost in the first round in Sintra 2-6, 2-6
Ryan Storrie lost in the second round in Sintra 1-6, 2-6
Naomi Broady retired in the first round in Vancouver 1-2
Liam Broady lost in the quarter-final in Vancover 7-6(8), 7-6(4)
Lloyd Glasspool lost in the quarter-final in Minsk 3-6, 0-6
Francesca Jones lost in the second round in Oldenzaal 6-1, 1-6, 1-6
Next week Brits play in Winston-Salem & New York (US Open qualifying)
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