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 makes semi-final in ITF Hammamet

By Glenys Furness

  • Francesca Jones made the semi final in Tunisia
  • Brit was fourth seed
HAMMAMET, TUNISIA – Francesca Jones entered the ITF event and was the fourth seed. The Brit made the semi final before being defeated.

 

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Francesca Jones entered the ITF event in Tunisia and was the fourth seed. The Brit drew qualifier Celine Simunyu in the first round. Although the Irish woman had made it to the main draw, Jones was too good for Simunyu. The Brit dominated from the outset, barely putting a foot wrong. Jones eased through dropping only one game 6-1, 6-0.

In the second round Jones was against another qualifier Jessica Pieri. The Italian found the Brit too good in the first set, as the seed dominated to take the lead. The second set was a little closer as Pieri stayed with Jones at the start. Eventually, the seed broke serve and moved into the next round in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw Jones against Alice Tubello. The Frenchwoman went toe to toe with Jones at the start of the first set. The seed eventually managed to break serve and edge ahead. The second set saw the Brit back to her dominating form, as Tubello struggled to hold serve. Jones moved through in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

In the semi-final Jones was against second seed Lucija Ciric Bagaric. The Croatian broke Jones serve in the first set and took the lead. The Brit re-grouped in the second set and dominated the second seed to level up the match. The final set was extremely close, as neither player gave an inch. Eventually, a tiebreak ensued which the Croatian edged to book a spot in the final 6-4, 0-6, 7-6(5).

Honourable Mention

Emilie Hudd entered the ITF event in Sharm-El-Sheikh and was unseeded. In the first round Hudd was against qualifier Sergei Pogosian. The qualifier was no match for Hudd who dominated from the outset. The Brit didn’t lose a single game in the first set. The second start off the same way, but it became clear that Pogosian had a problem. The qualifier stopped and handed the match to Hudd who moved into the next round 6-9, 2-0 (RET).

The second round saw Hudd against another qualifier Gabriele Bosio. The Italian stayed with the Brit in the first round and looked to be forcing a tiebreak. However, the Brit broke serve right at the end and took the lead. This seemed to break Bosio, who was then dominated by the Brit in the second set. Hudd moved on to the next round in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.

In the quarter-final Hudd was against home player Amr Elsayed. The Egyptian proved the toughest test to date for the Brit. Hudd and Elsayed went toe to toe in the first set and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker it was the Brit who eased through and took the lead. The second set was more of the same. Another tiebreak ensued. This time Hudd edged through and into the next round 7-6(3), 7-6(5).

The semi-final saw the Brit against seventh seed Niels Visker. The Dutch player broke Hudd in the first set and took the lead. The Brit fought back in the second set, breaking the Dutchman and levelling up the match. The final set was extremely close and went to a tiebreak. In the breaker Visker just edged through to book a spot in the final 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).

Challenger & ITF Round Up

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Peter Buldorini in the first round in Manama 4-2 (RET).

Billy Harris was defeated by Richard Gasquet in the quarter-final in Manama 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

Jan Choinksi was defetaed by Tristan Lamasine in the first round in Cherbourg 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3).

Jay Clarke was defeated by Dominik Kellovsky in the first round in Hammamet 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(5).

Michael Shaw was defeated by Jelle Sels in the first round in Vila Real de Santo Antonio 6-3, 6-4.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Natasja Schunk in the first round in Altenkirchen 6-4, 6-2.

 

Next Week Brits play in Rio, Doha, Los Cabos, Pau, Pune, Tunisia, Portugal, USA, Spain Egypt, Dubai & Australia.

 


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