Julian Cash & Henry Patten claim Challenger doubles title
Jodie Burrage runner up in singles
Sonay Kartal & Nell Miller runner up in doubles
ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE, UK – Julian Cash & Henry Patten claimed the doubles title as wildcards. Jodie Burrage, Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden were runner ups in the singles and doubles.
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Julian Cash & Henry Patten were awarded a wildcard into the ATP Challenger event in Ilkley. In the first round the Brits drew the third seeds Nuno Borges & Francisco Cabral. The Portuguese pair and the Brits went toe to toe in the first set. Cash & Patten forced a tiebreak, which the Brits won to take the lead. The second set was much the same. Cash & Patten managed to secure a break of serve. Borges & Cabral were unable to break back, and the wildcard pairing moved into the next round 7-6, 7-5.
In the quarter-final the Brits were against American pair Nicholas Monroe & Max Schnur. The Americans were no match for Cash & Patten, as the Brits dominated to take the lead. The second set saw the Brits continue where they left off in the first set, dominating and dropping only one game to take the match in straight sets to move into the next round 6-2, 6-1.
The semi-final saw the Brits against the top seeds Fabrice Martin & Hugo Nys. Cash & Patten stayed with the top seeds in the first set, and forced a tiebreak. However, Martin & Nys got the better of the Brits and took the lead. The second set saw Cash & Patten re-group, and secured a break of serve against the top seeds. With the match tied, a match tiebreak followed. The Brits managed to get ahead and no look back. Cash & Patten took the win 6-7, 6-3, 10-5.
In the final the Brits were against John-Patrick Smith & Ramkumar Ramanathan. The first set was very close, with the Brits going toe to toe with Smith & Ramanathan. Eventually the wildcard pairing secured a break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the Brits once again break, but earlier in the set, and claimed the title in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.
Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden were a wildcard entry to the ITF event. In the first round the Brits drew another wildcard pairing Ranah Stoiber & Mingge Xu. The first set saw Stoiber & Xu dominate to take the lead. The second set saw Bains & Lumsden re-group and break serve of the other Brits to level up the match. The match tiebreak saw Bains & Lumsden edge through and take the win 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
In the quarter final the wildcard pair were against fourth seeds Emily Webley-Smith & Ingrid Gamarra Martins. The first set saw the seeds dominate Bains & Lumsden and they took the lead. The second set saw the Brits break the serve of the fourth seeds to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the Brits edged through to take the match 2-6, 6-3, 11-9.
The semi-final saw the Brits against the second seeds Estelle Cascino & Jessika Ponchet. The French pair stayed with the Brits in the first set, until Bains & Lumsden secured the break of serve at the end of the set. In the second set, the Brits dominated the seeds and moved into the final 7-5, 6-1.
In the final the Brits were against unseeded pair Lizetta Cabrera & Jang Su-Jeong. The Australian/Korean pair stayed with Bains & Lumsden in the first set, before a tiebreak ensued. The Brits edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw Cabrera & Su-Jeong re-group and dominate the Brits to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw the Australian/Korean edge ahead and lift the title 6-7, 6-0, 11-9.
Jodie Burrage was granted a wildcard into the event, in the first round the Brit drew the Arina Rodionova. The Australian stayed with the Brit in the first set, until Burrage managed to secure the break of serve and take the lead. The second set saw Rodionova try to fight back, however the Brit managed to secure the vital break right at the end of the set to move into the next round 6-3, 7-5.
In the second round, Burrage was against the fifth seed Mai Hontama. The Brit broke serve of the Japanese player and took the lead. The Brit then dominated the second set as the seed struggled to get back on terms. Burrage moved into the next round in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw Burrage against the fourth seed Daria Snigur. The Brit dominated the Ukrainian in the first set, as Snigur struggled to get on terms with the Brit. The second set saw Burrage break the serve of the Ukrainian again and moved into the next round 6-2, 6-3.
In the semi-final saw Burrage against Sonay Kartal. Both sets were very close, and went to tiebreak sets. Burrage eased through the first and took the lead. The second tiebreak was much easier for Burrage as she dominated, with Kartal struggling to stay in the set. Eventually Burrage eased through into the final 7-6, 7-6.
The final saw Burrage against the top seed Dalma Galfi. The top seed and Burrage went toe to toe in the first set, before Galfi managed to get the break of serve to take the set. Burrage however, re-grouped in the second set. The Brit managed to break the serve of Galfi and level up the match. The final set saw Galfi step up a gear and broke the Brit to take the title 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Ilkley Round Up
Sonay Kartal & Nell Miller were defeated by Lizette Cabrera & Jang Su-Jeong in the semi-final 7-5, 6-4.
Luke Johnson & Aidan McHugh were defeated by John-Patrick Smith & Ramkumar Ramanathan in the semi-final 6-3, 7-6.
Charles Broom was defeated by Dan Cox in the first round 7-6, 7-6.
Felix Gill was defeated by John Millman in the first round 6-3, 6-3.
Arthur Fery was defeated by Constant Lestienne in the first round 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Vasek Pospisil in the first round 6-3, 6-4.
Mingge Xu was defeated by Yanina Wickmayer in the first round 6-2, 6-2.
Anna Brogan was defeated by Katy Volynets in the first round 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Maia Lumsden was defeated by Simona Waltert in the first round 6-3, 6-2.
Ranah Stoiber was defeated by Daria Snigur in the second round 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
Yuriko Miyazaki was defeated by Sonay Kartal in the second round 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Eastbourne, Roehampton, France, Belgium, Switzerland, USA, Israel, Germany, Tunisia, Portugal & Romania.
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