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Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Jack Pinnington Jones made final of ITF Cairo

  • Jack Pinnington Jones made the final in Egypt
  • Defeated second seed en route to the final
CAIRO, EGYPT – Jack Pinnington Jones entered the ITF event. The 18 year old made the final defeating the second seed along the way.


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Jack Pinnington Jones entered the event in Cairo and his first round opponent was Lukas Krainer. The Austrian was higher ranked than the Brit, but this wasn’t at all evident. The first set was tight and went to a tiebreak. Pinnington Jones dominated the breaker to take the lead. In the second set the Austrian fought back, breaking the Brit twice to level the match. However, the Brit re-grouped in the final set and broke the Krainer serve to move into the next round 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-3.

In the second round the young Brit was against the second seed Paul Jubb. This battle of the Brits was very close. Jubb showing his higher ranking by dominating the first set. The second saw Jubb and the 18 year old go toe to toe and a tiebreak ensued. Pinnington Jones edged the breaker and levelled up the match. In the final set the young Brit managed to break the serve of the second seed, Jubb was unable to break back. Pinnington Jones moved into the quarter-final 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.

The quarter-final saw the Brit against Mariano Navone. The Argentine was totally outplayed by Pinnington Jones in the first set. Navone was unable to hold serve and the Brit was ahead. The second set was closer, as the Argentine fought hard to stay on terms, ultimately it was Pinnington Jones that broke serve to move into the semi-final 6-0, 7-5.

In the semi-final Pinnington Jones took on the sixth seed Carlos Sanchez Jover. The Spaniard found the Brit too good, as Pinnington Jones broke serve easily to take the lead. The second set was a little closer, however, the young Brit once again managed to break the Spaniard serve to book a spot in the final 6-3, 6-4.

The final saw the 18 year old against the fifth seed Bastian Malla. Pinnington Jones got off to the best start by securing a break of serve against the seed. Malla could not break back and the first set was gone. This spurred the fifth seed into action however. Malla totally dominated the second set, losing only one game to level up the match. Unfortunately, Malla also dominated the final set too, although Pinnington Jones got more games, it was the Chilean who lifted the title 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.


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Felix Gill was defeated by Carlos Sanchez Jover in the second round in Cairo 6-4, 7-5.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Alessandro Giannessi in the second round in Rome 6-2, 6-4.

Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Ziva Falkner in the first round in Antalya 7-5, 6-1.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Aliona Falei in the first round in Monastir6-0, 6-1.

Harriet Dart was defeated by Claire Liu in the quarter-final in Charlottesville 0-0 (RET).

Katie Boulter was defeated by Wang Xinyu in the semi-final in Charlottesville 6-3 (RET).

Emily Webley-Smith was defeated by Amandine Hesse in the second round in Oeiras 6-1, 6-1.

Next Week Brits play in Madrid, Biella, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Tunisia, USA, Ecuador & Turkey


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