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Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Giles Hussey claims first ITF title in Cancun
CANCUN, MEXICO – Giles Hussey entered the ITF event in Cancun and was unseeded. The Brit defeated three seeds en route to lifting the trophy.
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Brit of the Week
Giles Hussey entered the ITF event in Cancun and was unseeded. The Brit drew the fifth seed Jorge Panta in the first round. Hussey and the Peruvian went toe to toe in the first set. Eventually the Brit managed to break serve and take the lead. Panta regrouped in the second set and levelled up the match. In the final set Hussey once again fought hard. Both players wouldn’t give an inch and a tiebreak ensued. The Brit dominated the breaker and moved into the next round 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(3).
In the second round the Brit drew qualifier Mateo Gomez. The Columbian struggled on serve against the Brit. Hussey secured the break of serve early in the first set and took the lead. No matter what Gomez tried in the second set, the Columbian was unable to get back into the match. The Brit broke again and moved into the next round in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against unseeded Bolivian Alejandro Mendoza. Hussey had little trouble in the first set, breaking early. Mendoza was unable to break back so Hussey had the lead. In the second set the Brit dominated the Bolivian to ease into the semi final in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
In the semi-final the Brit was against third seed Sho Shimabukuro. The Japanese was favourite for the match. However Hussey had other ideas. The Brit broke through the game of Shimabukuro and took the first set. The second set saw the Brit continue to take the game to the Japanese. Hussey had no problem breaking serve and took the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
The final saw the Brit against sixth seed Christian Langmo. The American struggled in the first set with the game of the Brit. Hussey broke to take the lead. The American re-grouped in the second set though, and stayed toe to toe with the Brit before eventually breaking to level up the match. The final set was very close. However Hussey managed to break through and take the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
With this win the Brit claimed his first ITF title. Hussey won the Pro League title week 7 in Bath .
Jack Pinnington-Jones entered the ITF event in Antalya Turkey and was unseeded. The Brit was drawn against the only other Brit in the main draw Felix Gill. Despite the ranking disparity, as Gill was the seventh seed, the young Brit broke in the first set to take the lead. In the second set Gill was unable to hold serve as Pinnington-Jones dominated. The young Brit moved through into the second round in straight sets 6-4, 6-0.
In the second round the Brit was against Slovakian qualifier Samuel Puskar. Pinnington-Jones dominated the first set as Puskar struggled. The young Brit was on fire as the qualifier could not handle the Brit. Pinnington-Jones then started the second set in the same manner as the first one. Puskar had to retire from the match handing the young Brit a spot in the quarter-final 6-1, 1-0 (RET).
The quarter-final saw the young Brit against third seed Romanian Mircea-Alexandru Jecan. Pinnington-Jones dominated both sets. The 18 year old was unstoppable. Jecan was unable to make in roads into the young Brits serve. Pinnington-Jones advanced to the semi-final in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.
In the semi-final Pinnington-Jones was against Romanian Calin Manda. Once again, the young Brit dominated the first set to take the lead. In the second Manda tried to mount a fightback, however the Brit was still in the zone and broke freely. Pinnington-Jones made the final in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
The final saw the young Brit against Savva Polukhin. The Russian stayed with the Brit in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Polukhin dominated the breaker and took the lead. Pinnington-Jones re-grouped in the second set and broke the Russian serve to level up the match. In the final set the 18 year old dominated again to claim his first ITF title 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2.
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