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Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Billy Harris makes semi-final in ITF Heraklion
HERAKLION, GREECE – Billy Harris made the semi-final of the ITF event. The Brit took out the second seed in the first round.
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Brit of the Week
Billy Harris entered the ITF event in Heraklion and was unseeded. In the first round the Brit was up against Zhang Ze. The Chinese player was the second seed, however the Brit totally dominated the first set. Harris broke easily and claimed the first set. The second set was much like the first, with Harris dominating. The Brit took the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The second round saw Harris up against Matas Vasiliauskas. The Lithuanian stayed with the Brit in the first set, however, Harris managed to secure the break of serve to take the lead. Vasiliauskas was unable to break back and the set was gone. In the second set the Lithuanian upped his game and managed to break the Brit and level up the match. In the final set Harris dominated and moved into the quarter-final 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against William Griffith. The American could not stay with Harris in the first set, who continued to dominate and claim the set. However, in the second Griffith fought back, staying toe to toe with the Brit. In the end a tiebreak ensued, the Brit edged the breaker to move into the semi-final 6-2, 7-6(5).
The semi-final pitched Harris against Yuki Mochizuki. The Japanese got off to the better start and dominated the Brit to take the lead. Harris fought back in the second set, breaking Mochizuki and levelled up the match. In the final set the Japanese managed to break Harris again to book a spot in the final 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
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