NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Francesca Jones of Great Britain plays a forehand shot against Georgina Garcia Perez of Spain during Day 3 of the Viking Open at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 07, 2021 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Jones made final of ITF Guayaquil

By Glenys Furness

  • Francesca Jones made the final in Ecuador
  • Brit defeated three higher seeds to make the final
  • Jones was defeated by the top seed
GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR – Francesca Jones entered the ITF event and was the ninth seed. The Brit made the final before the top seed defeated her.


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Francesca Jones entered the ITF event and was the ninth seed, as a result the Brit received a bye in the first round. In the second round Jones was against Romina Ccuno. The Brit dominated the first set, as the Peruvian struggled to get into the match. Jones soon had the first set in the bag. The second set was even better for Jones as she didn’t drop a single game to move into the next round 6-2, 6-0.

The third round saw Jones against seventh seed Martina Capurro Taborda. The Brit dominated the first set as the Argentine was unable to hold serve. The second set though, was much closer. Jones and Capurro Taborda went toe to toe before eventually, the Brit managed to break serve and move into the next round 6-0, 7-5.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against second seed Priska Madelyn Nugroho. Jones was dominating the match and was easing through, when the second seed had to withdraw from the match handing the Brit a spot in the next round 3-1 (RET).

The semi-final pitched the Brit against third seed You Xiaodi. Once again, Jones started well and dominated the first set to take the lead. The Chinese player re-grouped in the second set, and levelled up the match by breaking the Brit serve. The final set though, saw Jones once again dominate and secure a spot in the final 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

In the final Jones was against the top seed Julia Riera. The Argentine dominated the first set to take the lead. The Brit fought hard in the second set, and stayed close to Riera. Unfortunately, the top seed managed to break serve right at the end of the match and took the title 6-2, 7-5.



Challenger & ITF Round Up

Billy Harris was defeated by Evan Furness in the first round in Oeiras 7-5, 7-6.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Antonie Bellier in the second round in Morelos 7-6, 6-4.

Alastair Gray was defeated by Saba Purtseladze in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 7-6.

Anna Brogan was defeated by Elena-Teodora Cadar in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-4.

Sonay Kartal was defeated by Sara Cakarevic in the semi-final in Santa Magherita Di Pula 1-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Yuriko Lily Miyazaki was defeated by Emma Navarro in the first round in Charleston 6-1, 7-5.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Audrey Albie in the first round in Bellinzona 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

Zach Stephens was defeated by Xavi Matas Ortega in the first round in Telde 6-2, 6-3.

Abigail Amos was defeated by Amy Zhu in the first round in Telde 7-6, 6-3.

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