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Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Billy Harris makes semi-final in ITF Heraklion

By Glenys Furness

  • Billy Harris made the semi-final in Heraklion
  • Took out the second seed en route
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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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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Challenger and ITF Round Up

Ben Jones was defeated by Roman Andres Burruchaga in the first round in Heraklion 7-5, 6-4.

Daniel Little was defeated by Alexander Donski in the first round in Heraklion 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Eliz Maloney was defeated by Martina Colmegna in the first round in Heraklion 6-0, 6-3.

Tanysha Dissanayake was defeated by Ellie Logotheti in the first round in Heraklion 6-4, 6-2.

Julian Cash was defeated by William Griffith in the second round in Heraklion 7-5, 7-6(10).

Giles Hussey was defeated by Yuki Mochizuki in the quarter-final in Heraklion 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Matthew Ebden in the first round in Nottingham 6-4, 6-4.

Liam Broady was defeated by Denis Kudla in the second round in Nottingham 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Dan Evans were defeated by Denis Kudla in the quarter-final in Nottingham 6-4, 1-6. 6-4.

David Fox was defeated by Axel Nefve in the first round in Wichita 7-5, 6-1.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Alice Robbe in the second round in Monastir 6-2, 6-1.

Freya Christie was defeated by Mai Hontama in the first round in Montemor-O-Novo 6-0, 6-1.

Alicia Barnett was defeated by Ayano Shimizu in the first round in Montemor-O-Novo 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Patricija Spaka in the first round in Vilnius 6-1, 6-4.

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