Emily Appleton at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, 2018
Emily Appleton at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, 2018 (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round-Up | Emily Appleton made final in ITF Cancun.

By Glenys Furness

  • Brit was eighth seed
  • Took out third seed en route to the final
CANCUN, MEXICO – Emily Appleton made the final in the ITF event. The Brit took out the third seed in the semi-final.


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Brit of the Week

Emily Appleton entered the ITF event in Cancun Mexico and was the eighth seed. In the first round the Brit drew Anais Kikuchi. The Japanese player stayed toe to toe with Appleton in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. A very tight breaker followed in which the seed edged ahead. This seemed to break the spirit of Kikuchi who was only able to win one more game. The Brit progressed through in straight sets 7-6(10), 6-1.

The second round saw the Brit face Maria Rivera Corado. The Brit had very little trouble in the first set, continuing where she had left off last round. The Guatemalan tried to fight back in the second set, however the seed was too good. Appleton managed to secure the break of serve and move into the next round 6-1, 6-3.

In the quarter-final Appleton was drawn against Vladica Babić. The Montenegrin player was the toughest match to date for the Brit, and had taken out the top seed in the first round. The eighth seed broke early in the first set and held on to get the lead. Babić tried to fight back in the second, however Appleton broke again and strolled into the semi-final 6-3, 6-4.

The semi-final saw Appleton take on the third seed Paige Hourigan. The Kiwi was totally dominated by the Brit in the first set, only managing to win one game. The second set was going much the same way, although Hourigan managed to win more than one game. Sadly for the third seed, things were not right and the Kiwi retired from the match, putting Appleton through in straight sets 6-1, 4-2 RET.

In the final the Brit was up against second seed Montserrat González. The Paraguayan started slowly, with Appleton staying toe to toe and forcing a tiebreak. The Brit dominated the tiebreak and took the lead. In the second set the second seed fought back to dominate the set losing only one game. The deciding set was close, unfortunately for Appleton, the Paraguayan secured the break needed to win and take the match 6-7)2), 6-1, 6-3.


Honourable Mention

Emma Raducanu in the Girls' Singles Championships, Wimbledon 2018
Emma Raducanu in the Girls’ Singles Championships, Wimbledon 2018 | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Emma Raducanu was seeded second in the ITF event in Israel. The Brit drew Israeli player Maya Tahan. The Israeli got the better start and broke the Brit dominating the set. Raducanu fought back well, having re-grouped the seed dominated the second set, and broke in the third to take the match 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

In the second round the seed was against another Israeli, this time Sabrina Kalandarov. Raducanu dominated the first set, losing only one game. The second set saw the Brit break serve of the Israeli and take the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw the second seed against fifth seed Marianna Zakarlyuk. The Ukrainian couldn’t stop the second seed from breaking in the first set and taking the lead. The second set was much much closer, Zakarlyuk managed to break Raducanu right at the end to level the match. In the final set the Brit and Ukrainian couldn’t be separated and a tiebreak ensued. It was the Brit moved into the semi-final with a convincing breaker and sealed the win 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3).

In the semi-final the second seed was against Vlada Ekshibarova. The Israeli pushed hard in the first set and forced a tiebreak. Raducanu secured the tiebreak with ease to move ahead. The second set saw Ekshibarova re-group and secure a break of serve on the Brit. This was all that was needed to level up the match. In the final set the second seed managed a break of her own and took the match 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3.

The final saw Raducanu against unseeded Italian Corinna Dentoni. The Brit struggled on serve and was broken by the Italian in both sets, which brought to an end the run of the Brit. The Italian took the trophy in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.


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ITF & Challenger Round Up 

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Mauricio Echazú in the first round in Cancun 7-6(5), 6-2.

Andrew Watson was defeated by Juan Pablo Varillas in the second round in Cancun 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.

Samuel Pointon was defeated by Lucas Catarina in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-4.

Ryan Storrie was defeated by Pierre Delage in the second round in Tunisia 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Quentin Robert in the second round in Israel 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Alon Elia in the second round in Israel 7-5, 6-2.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Naoki Tajima in the second round in Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Francesca Jones was defeated by Abbie Myers in the first round in Australia 6-3, 6-4.

Next week Brits play in Monterrey, Bolton, Turkey, Egypt, Japan & Portugal.


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