NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Harriet Dart of Great Britain looks on as she plays against Laura Davis of United States in the Women’s singles on day five of the Viking Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 09, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Harriet Dart makes final in ITF Tyler Texas
TYLER, TEXAS, USA – Harriet Dart was the fifth seed in the ITF event. The Brit made the final before losing out to the fourth seed.
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Harriet Dart entered the ITF event in Tyler, Texas and was the fifth seed. In the first round the Brit drew Kurumi Nara. Dart started well, breaking the Japanese player in the first set to take the lead. However, in the second set Nara fought back, staying with the Brit and forcing a tiebreak. In the breaker Nara edged ahead and levelled up the match. This spurred Dart on. The Brit dominated the final set and moved into the second round 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1.
The second round saw Dart against Tessah Andrianjafitrimo. The French player was no match for the Brit who dominated from the start. Andrianjafitrimo had no answer to anything Dart threw at her. The French woman managed to hold serve twice but Dart soon had the set. The second was more of a dominant display by the Brit who only lost one game to move into the next round 6-2, 6-1.
In the quarter-final Dart was drawn against the second seed Claire Liu. The American tried to stay with the Brit in the first set. However, the fifth seed secured the break needed to move ahead. The second set saw Liu attempt to fight back, but the Brit was not to be stopped and broke to move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-4.
The semi-final saw the Brit against the third seed Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Brazilian stayed with Dart at the start of the first set. However the fifth seed secured the break to move ahead. Haddad Maia regrouped in the second set. The Brazilian managed to break the Dart serve and levelled up the match. The final set saw Dart dominate and break serve twice to move into the final 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
In the final Dart was against fourth seed Misaki Doi. The Brit went toe to toe with the Japanese player and forced a tiebreak. Doi edged ahead in the breaker and took the lead. In the second set Doi dominated the Brit and broke freely to lift the title 7-6(5), 6-2.
Paul Jubb entered the ITF event in Portimao, Portugal and was also seeded fifth. In the first round the Brit drew Portuguese Fred Gil. The qualifier was no match for Jubb who dominated both sets. In the first Gil managed to hold serve twice. Jubb did not drop a game from that point. The Brit moved into the next round 6-2, 6-0.
The second round saw Jubb against Luis Faria. The Portuguse wild card was more of a match for the Brit. Jubb secured a break of serve against Faria to take the lead. However, in the second set the wild card stepped things up and managed to break the Brit serve to level up the match. In the final set Jubb dominated to move into the next round 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
In the quarter-final Jubb was against the top seed Tseng Chun-Hsin. The Taiwanese player stayed with the Brit in the first set, before the fifth seed broke and took the lead. The second set was much closer. Chun-Hsin forced a tiebreak, however, Jubb was up to the task and edged through to book a spot in the semi-final 6-4, 7-6(5).
The semi-final saw Jubb against unseeded Frenchman Laurent Lokoli. The Brit managed to break the Frenchman in the first set to take the lead. In the second, both players went toe to toe and it looked like a tiebreak was on the cards. However, Lokoli broke right at the end to level up the match. In the final set Jubb once again secured a break of serve to take the win and make the final 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
In the final Jubb was against the eighth seed Sebastian Fanselow. The German dominated the first set as the Brit struggled to hold serve. Jubb fought back in the second, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit eased through the breaker to level up the match. Despite the fight in the final set, unfortunately, Fanselow secured a break of serve on the Jubb serve and took the title 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-4.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
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Stuart Parker was defeated by Matteo Arnaldi in the second round in Portimao 6-4, 6-1.
Anton Matusevich was defeated by Laurent Lokoli in the second round in Portimao 6-2, 6-2.
Liam Broady was defeated by Henri Laaksonen in the first round in Brest 6-1, 7-5.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Stefan Kozlov in the second round in Las Vegas 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(13).
Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Oceane Dodin in the first round in Poitiers 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Samantha Murray Sharan was defeated by Chloe Paquet in the first round in Poitiers 6-2, 6-3.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Elsa Jacquemot in the second round in Poitiers 6-4, 6-4.
Arthur Fery was defeated by Daniel De Jonge in the first round in Calabasas 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Giacomo Revelli was defeated by Kyle Kang in the first round in Calabasas 6-4, 7-5.
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Zachary Svajda in the first round in Calabasas 6-3, 6-1.
Max Basing was defeated by Nathan Ponwith in the quarter-final in Calabasas 6-4, 6-4.
Scott Duncan was defeated by Raffael Schaer in the first round in Parnu 6-2, 6-4.
George Houghton was defeated by Patrik Niklas-Salminen in the second round in Parnu 6-4, 6-4.
Ben Jones was defeated by Stefan Palosi in the second round in Parnu 7-6(5), 6-2.
Jack Pinnington-Jones was defeated by Juan Pablo Paz in the quarter-final in Antalya 6-3, 6-0.
Felix Gill was defeated by Billy Harris in the final in Antalya 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Punnin Kovapitukted in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 4-1 (RET).
Ali Habib was defeated by Menelaos Efstathiou in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 6-3.
Oscar Weightman was defeated by Simone Roncalli in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 6-4.
Anna Brogan was defeated by Lamis Alhussein Abdel Aziz in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5).
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Joanne Zuger in the second round in Kiryat Motzkin 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Freya Christie was defeated by Maria Bondarenko in the quarter-final in Kiryat Motzkin 6-4, 6-4.
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