Making the quarter-final of the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation Tennis Championships in Vero Beach, put Marcus Willis as the best performing Brit on the Challenger/futures tours this week. As the second seed (and only Brit) in the event, Willis faced American Ivan Yatsuk in the first round.
Willis had very little difficulty in dispatching the American in straight sets. Yatsuk was unable to do anything with the Brit’s service games, whilst the Brit more or less broke at will. Seeing the American struggling to hold his own serve, let only make any impact against him, the second seed dominated the match, taking it in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
The second round Willis faced another American, Collin Johns. This match was a bit tougher for the second seed, as Johns was able to hold more of his service games. Eventually the Brit made the breakthrough in each set and once again took the match without much trouble. 6-4, 6-3.
In the quarter final Willis had a Belgian, Julien Cagnina who was the sixth seed. It seems that Willis prefers to beat Americans on their home soil, as Cagnina utterly destroyed the Brit for the loss of only four games. The second seed struggled to get a handle on the Belgian and his run ended here. 1-6, 3-6.
Challenger and ITF round up
Neal Skupski with Peter Polansky lost in the first round of Tallahasse Challenger 3-6, 6-1, 7-10
Luke Bambridge with Mitchell Krueger lost in the SF of Tallahasse 3-6, 5-7
Harriet Dart seeded sixth lost in the QF of Karshi 4-6, 2-6
Jodi Burrage lost in second round of Antalya to to seed Yuuki Tanaka 1-6, 0-6
Next week Brits play in Khimki (Gabby Taylor), Akko, (Laura Deigman, Neil Pauffley), Hua Hin (Dart & Sarah Grey)& Gimcheon (Brydan Klein) Also qualifying in Rabat, Savannah & Gimcheon
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