PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 05: Matilda Mutavdzic of Great Britain plays a forehand during her Girls' Singles first round match against Ana Candiotto of Brazil on day nine of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 05, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Matilda Mutavdzic made final in ITF Sharm-El-Sheikh
SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – Matilda Mutavdzic made the final of the ITF event. The Brit was only defeated by the second seed.
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Matilda Mutavdzic entered the ITF event in Sharm-El-Shiekh. The Brit was unseeded and in the first round she drew Egyptian Amira Badawl. The Wildcard was no match for the Brit who totally dominated in the first set. Badawl struggled to hold serve as Mutavdzic took control. The Brit continued this form in the second set, losing only one game to seal a spot in the second round 6-2, 6-1.
In the second round the Brit was against Valeria Bhunu. The Zimbabwean got the better of Mutavdzic in the first set, breaking easily to dominate. The Brit re-grouped in the second set and managed to break Bhunu to level up the match. The final set saw both players stay toe to toe, eventually though, it was Mutavdzic that obtained the break of serve to seal the victory 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The quarter-final saw the Brit against the fifth seed Thaisa Grana Pedretti. The Brazilian went toe to toe with Mutavdzic until the Brit managed to secure the vital break of serve. The second set looked to be heading to a tiebreak, but Mutavdzic eventually broke serve to seal a spot in the semi-final 6-4, 7-5.
In the semi-final Mutavdzic was against top seed Lee Ya-Hsuan. The Taiwanese player dominated the first set, breaking the Brit to take the lead. Mutavdzic re-grouped in the second set and broke the serve of the top seed to level up the match. In the final set, the play was back and forth as neither could break through, eventually though the Brit broke to book a spot in the final 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The final saw Mutavdzic against second seed Yuriko Lily Miyazaki. The Japanese player took the game to the Brit and broke serve in both sets. As much as Mutavdzic tried, she was unable to break back. Unfortunately the Japanese player took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jasmine Conway was defeated by Alicia Barnett in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Toby Martin was defeated by Takuto Niki in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-2, 6-2.
Alicia Barnett was defeated by Lee Ya-Hsuan in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-2, 7-6(2).
Luke Johnson was defeated by Petros Chrysochos in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Paul Jubb was defeated by David Poljak in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 6-2.
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Akira Santillan in the first round in Lugano 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Jay Clarke was defeated by Dominic Stricker in the first round in Lugano 6-4, 6-4.
Henry Patten was defeated by Manish Sureshkumar in the quarter-final in Pune 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Zane Khan in the quarter-final in Pune 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Naiktha Bains was defeated by Yuki Naito in the second round in Buenos Aires 7-5, 6-2.
Francesca Jones was defeated by Yuki Naito in the semi-final in Buenos Aires 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Miami, Switzerland, Egypt, India, Tunisia, Argentina & Dubai.
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