Paul Jubb dropped one set en-route to Sharm-El-Sheikh title
Stuart Parker only dropped two sets en route to Monastir title
SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – Paul Jubb was unseeded and entered the ITF event. The Brit dropped only one set en route to the title. Meanwhile in Tunisia, Stuart Parker lifted the trophy in Monastir.
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Brits of the Week
Once again, there are two top performances. Starting with 21 year old Paul Jubb. The Brit was unseeded and in the first round took on Italian Luca Nardi. Jubb started very well, and managed to break the Italian serve. Nardi was unable to get back on terms and it was the Brit that moved into the next round 6-4, 6-4.
The second round saw Jubb against the second seed Shintaro Imai. The Japanese player was a tougher challenge for the Brit. Imai stayed close in the first set, however Jubb managed to break right at the end to take the lead. The seed held ground in the second set, forcing a tiebreak but it was the Brit that edged it to move into quarter-final 7-5, 7-6(5).
In the quarter-final Jubb was against Austrian qualifier Lukas Krainer. Jubb was on top form, and wasted very little time with the Austrian. The Brit broke early in both sets and didn’t put a foot wrong. Jubb dominated the match as Krainer was unable to get into the match. It was the Brit who moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the Brit against third seed Rio Noguchi. The Japanese was unable to get anything on the Brit serve, and struggled to hold. Noguchi did manage to make a match of it, as the Brit struck early in both sets. Jubb moved into the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
In the final Jubb was against the fourth seed Mārtiņš Podžus. The Latvian struggled in the first set against the Brit as Jubb dominated to take the lead. However, in the second set the seed found his game, and turned the tables on the Brit. Jubb struggled to hold serve and the Latvian levelled the match. The final set was a re-run of the first, as Jubb held firm against the seed to take the title 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.
Stuart Parker entered qualifying in Tunisia and made it through to the main draw. In the first round of the main event the Brit was up against the top seed Aziz Dougaz. The Tunisian stayed toe to toe with Parker in the first set, until the Brit managed to secure the break of serve to take the lead. In the second set, neither could get ahead and a tiebreak ensued. Parker edged the breaker to move into the next round 7-5, 7-6(5).
The second round saw the Brit against Naoki Nakagawa. The Japanese qualifier found Parker too strong as the Brit broke in both sets. Nakagawa was unable to break back and the Brit moved on into the quarter-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against fifth seed Renta Tokunda. The Japanese player stayed with Parker in the first set and forced a tiebreak. Tokunda edged ahead in the breaker and took the lead. The second set followed a very similar pattern, except this time, it was Parker who claimed the breaker. The final set saw the Brit in superb form, not losing any games to claim the spot 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 6-0.
The semi-final saw Parker against Lilian Marmousez. The Frenchman was no match for the Brit, who wasted very little time seeing off the opposition. Parker lost only three games to make the final 6-1, 6-2.
In the final the Brit was facing the seventh seed Alexis Gautier. The seed got the better of the Brit in the first set, breaking early to take the lead. In what looked to be a very quick final Gautier had a big lead on Parker who found himself 0-5 down. However, the Brit was not done, winning seven games on the bounce to seal the set and take the battle to a third. The final set saw Parker break the seed who could not break back. The Brit won the title 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jack Draper was defeated by Aidan McHugh in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
Jack Pinnington-Jones was defeated by Jakub Paul in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 6-2.
Amelia Bissett was defeated by Jenny Duerst in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 7-5, 6-4.
Naomi Broady was defeated by Svenja Ochsner in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Flavio Cobolli in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(9).
George Loffhagen was defeated by Hsu Yu-Hsiou in the second round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-1, 6-2.
Max Andrews was defeated by Lucas Poullain in the second round in Vale Do Lobo 6-1, 7-6(4).
Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Christian Harrison in the first round in Naples 6-4, 6-4.
Katie Swan was defeated by Tereza Mrdeža in the first round in Boca Raton 4-1 (RET).
Naiktha Bains was defeated by Gabriela Talabă in the first round in Boca Raton 6-4, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Loughborough, Rotterdam, St Petersburg, Portugal, Egypt, India, Slovakia, Tunisia, Lyon, Spain & USA.
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