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Tennis | ATP Challenger & ITF Round-Up | Katy Dunne claims title in ITF Les Franqueses del Valles

By Glenys Furness

  • Katy Dunne claims first 60k title in Spain
  • Defeated two seeds en route
LES FRANQUESES DEL VALLES, SPAIN – Katy Dunne claimed first ITF 60K title in Catalonia. The Brit defeated the top seed in the final.


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Brit of the Week

Katy Dunne entered the ITF event in Les Franqueses del Vallès and was unseeded. In the first round Dunne drew Eden Silva who had come through qualifying. The first set saw Dunne and Silva staying toe to toe. Dunne managed to get the breakthrough and took the set. In the second set Dunne overcame the fellow Brit breaking early. Dunne eased into the second round in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

The second round saw Dunne against Maria Gutierrez Carrasco. The Spaniard was no match for the Brit who broke easily in both sets. Despite the best efforts of Gutierrez Carrasco the Brit took no time at all in defeating the Spaniard to move into quarter-final 6-3,6-2.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against the fourth seed Nina Stojanović. The Serbian managed to break Dunne and take the first set. Dunne re-grouped in the second set, breaking Stojanović and dominating the set to level up. The final set was very close, with neither player giving an inch. Eventually the Brit secured the break of serve towards the end of the set. Dunne held on to take the win 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

The semi-final was another battle of the Brits. Dunne was against Jodie Burrage and didn’t get off to the best of starts. Burrage broke serve of Dunne and took the first set. However, Dunne fought back in the second set. Although close, it was Dunne that broke right towards the end of the set and levelled the match up. In the final set Dunne had worked out her fellow Brit and dominated the set to move into the final 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

In the final the Brit was against the top seed Paula Badosa Gibert. On paper, this should have been an easy victory for the Spaniard. Dunne had not read the script however. The first set was tight, with both players staying toe to toe. The Brit managed to break through right towards the end of the set and took the lead. In the second set Badosa Gilbert was unable to come back and Dunne took the victory to claim her first 60k title 7-5, 6-3.

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Liam Broady was defeated by Alejandro Tabilo in the first round in Puerto Vallarta 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

James Ward was defeated by Yusuke Takahashi in the third round in Puerto Vallarta 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Brydan Klein was defeated by Alexander Ritschard in the first round in Savannah 6-1, 3-1 RET.

Toby Martin was defeated by Alessandro Bega in the second round in Italy 7-5, 7-5.

Lloyd Glasspool was defeated by David Pichler in the second round in Italy 6-2, 6-3.

Gabriella Taylor was defeated by Victoria Kan in the first round in Italy 6-1, 6-3.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Naiktha Bains in the first round in Italy 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Chloe Compson was defeated by Marie Benoit in the first round in Italy 6-0, 6-1.

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Margot Yerolymos in the quarter-final in Italy 6-2, 6-4.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Pranjala Yadlapalli in the second round in Uzbekistan 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.

Elliott Farmer was defeated by Lucas Hellfritsch in the first round in Turkey 6-0, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Louis Tessa in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-3.

Naomi Broady was defeated by Han Na-Lae in the first round in Japan 6-4, 7-5.

Heather Watson was defeated by Akiko Omae in the first round in Japan 6-4, 6-4.

Ben Jones was defeated by Markos Kalovelonis in the first round in Georgia 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Alexander Jhun was defeated by Pavel Shumeiko in the first round in Georgia 6-4, 6-2.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Michal Konecny in the final in Georgia 7-6(6), 7-5.

Darryl Hale was defeated by Andrea Bessire in the first round in Ghana 6-3, 6-1.

Nicholas Nugent was defeated by Niklas Johansson in the first round in Ghana 6-2, 6-2.

Ryan Storrie defeated Benjamin Lock in the final in Ghana 6-4, 6-4.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Daria Snigur in the first round in Russia 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Freya Christie was defeated by Sofya Lansere in the first round in Russia 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Madrid, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Busan, Aix En Provence, Shymkent, Bosnia, Florida, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda.


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