Aidan McHugh, Australian Open 2018
Aidan McHugh, Australian Open 2018 | (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Tennis | ATP Challenger & ITF News | Aidan McHugh made final of ITF Heraklion

By Glenys Furness

  • Aidan McHugh made the final in Heraklion
  • Eighth seed dropped only one set to make the final

HERAKLION, GREECE – Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event and was the eighth seed, the Brit only dropped one set en route to the final.


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Brit of the Week

Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event in Heraklion, Greece and was seeded eighth. In the first round the young Brit faced Stamatios Kapiris. The Greek struggled against McHugh and was unable to get anything on the Brit serve. McHugh broke more or less at will in both sets and progressed to the next round in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.

The second round pitted the Brit against Artur Shakhnubaryan. The Russian was totally dominated by McHugh, who was on a roll from the first round. Although Shakhnubrayan managed one more game against the Brit than Kapiris had done, the eighth seed was unstoppable, once again claiming the match in straight sets and moving into the next round 6-2, 6-1.

In the quarter-final McHugh was drawn against Loic Ratsaratany. The Frenchman was unable to stop the Brit from breaking in the first set to take the lead. However, Ratsaratany did manage to break the serve of McHugh in the second set and levelled up the match. The final set was again dominated by the Brit who re-grouped to seal the victory and a place in the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

The semi-final saw the Brit against the top seed Emil Ruusuvuori. The Fin was the favourite for the win but McHugh had other ideas. Both sets were very close, however it the was the eighth seed that broke in both sets. Ruusuvuori was unable to break back and the Brit was through to the final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

In the final McHugh was against the seventh seed Michail Pervolarakis. The Greek had the crowd behind him and totally dominated the Brit in the first set. McHugh only managed one game in the set. Fighting hard in the second set the Brit kept it close. Unfortunately one break was all that Pervolarakis needed to lift the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Elliot Farmer was defeated by Andrés Artuñedo Martínavarro in the first round in Heraklion 6-2, 6-1.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Markos Kalovelonis in the second round in Heraklion 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Eliz Maloney was defeated by Mariam Dalakishvili in the first round in Heraklion 6-1, 6-4.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Harry Bourchier in the quarter-final in Singapore 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

Finn Bass was defeated by Gerardo López Villaseñor in the first round in Cancun 6-3, 7-5.

Isaac Stoute was defeated by Alejandro Gómez in the second round in Cancun 6-3, 6-0.

Jake Hersey was defeated by Pedro Vives Marcos in the second round in Tunisia 6-2, 6-0.

Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Nadia Podoroska in the first round in Spain 6-4, 6-1.

Samantha Murray was defeated by Arantxa Rus in the second round in Spain 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5).

Emily Appleton was defeated by Abigail Tere-Apisah in the first round in Hong Kong 6-4, 6-3.

Chloe Compson was defeated by Bianca Fernandez in the first round in Portugal 6-1, 6-0.

Next week Brits play in Paris, Surbiton, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong, Mexico, Tunisia, Guam, Belarus.

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