Aidan McHugh, Australian Open 2018
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Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Aidan McHugh & Stuart Parker make semi-finals in ITF events

  • Aidan McHugh made semi-final in Lucknow
  • Stuart Parker made semi-final in Monastir
  • Both Brits were defeated by higher seeds
LUCKNOW, INDIA – Aidan McHugh was the third seed and made the semi-final before being defeated by the top seed.


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Brits of the Week

Just like last week we have two Brits of the week. Firstly, starting in India with Aidan McHugh. The Brit was the third seed and in the first round was against Nitin Kumar Sinha. The first set was a bit of a breeze for McHugh, who managed to break the serve of the Indian and not look back. However, the Indian re-grouped in the second set to dominate the Brit and level up the match. McHugh was not done though, and fought back in the final set to book a spot in the next round 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.

In the second round McHugh was against Filip Bergevi. The Brit made the Fin fight for every point, eventually breaking Bergevi to take the set. The second set was much easier for McHugh as he dominated play and the Fin was unable to keep up. The Brit progressed to the quarter-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against sixth seed Oliver Crawford. The American pushed McHugh all the way in the first set, eventually the third seed secured the break of serve needed to see out the set. This seemed to break the spirit of Crawford, who found himself totally dominated in the second set. McHugh moved into the semi-final in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.

In the semi-final McHugh ran into the top seed Saketh Myneni. The Indian was in superb form, and although the Brit tried to stay with him, Myneni broke serve in the first set. The Brit fought hard in the second set, unfortunately the top seed secured the break needed to move into the final 6-3, 6-4.


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Stuart Parker was entered into the ITF event in Monastir, having won the event last week Parker was spared qualifying and given a Special Exemption into the main draw. His first round opponent was Yanais Laurent. Parker continued form where he left off last week, as the Frenchman struggled on serve. The Brit secured the break of serve in both sets to move into the next round 6-2, 6-3.

The second round saw Parker against the top seed Aziz Dougaz, the Tunisian and Brit were going toe to toe and tied level when Dougaz retired. Parker moved into the quarter-final 3-3 (RET).

In the quarter-final the Brit was against Daniele Capecchi. The Italian was no match for Parker, who broke just once in the first set to take the lead. The second set was all one way traffic, as Parker broke at will and Capecchi was unable to hold serve. Parker moved into the next round 6-3, 6-0.

The semi-final saw Parker against fourth seed Renta Tokuda. The seed dominated the first set, with Parker struggling to get into the match. The second set was much much closer, as the Brit found his game. Ultimately, however, it was Tokuda who booked a spot in the final after breaking the Brit to take the match 6-1, 7-5.

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Alexis Canter was defeated by Sidharth Rowat in the first round in Lucknow 6-2, 6-2.

Jack Draper was defeated by Hsu Yu-Hsiou in the quarter-final of Sharm-El-Shiekh 3-2 (RET).

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Tereza Mrdeza in the second round in Newport Beach 6-1, 6-0.

Next week Brits play in Loughborough, Doha, Marseille, Guadalajara, St Petersburg, Biella, Egypt, India, Slovakia, Tunisia & Portugal.


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