Sarah Beth Grey at the 2019 Nature Valley Open, Nottingham
Sarah Beth Grey at the 2019 Nature Valley Open, Nottingham | (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Sarah Beth Grey claims first ITF title in Czech Republic

By Glenys Furness

  • Sarah Beth Grey came through qualifying to lift the title
  • Brit didn’t drop a set in the main draw
JABLONEC NAD NISOU, CZECH REPUBLIC – Sarah Beth Grey claimed first ITF tour singles title. The Brit came through qualifying and didn’t drop a set in the main draw.

Brit of the Week

Sarah Beth Grey entered the ITF event in Czech Republic and came through qualifying to make the main draw. In the first round the Brit drew Julia Avdeeva. The Russian qualifier was no match for Grey as she dominated the first set. The second set, however, was much closer. Avdeeva stayed with Grey and looked to be forcing a tiebreak. The Brit managed to secure the vital break of serve right at the end of the set to move into the next round 6-2, 7-5.

The second round saw Grey against seventh seed Darya Astakhova. The Russian was outplayed in the first set by the Brit. Grey dominated and lost only one game to take the lead. The second set was a little closer. Astakhova tried to fight back, however the Brit managed to break serve to move into the next round 6-1, 6-4.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against Ekaterina Makarova. Grey dominated from start to finish. No matter what the Russian threw at the Brit, Grey was equal to it. Makarova struggled on serve, and Grey broke at will. The Brit eased through to the semi-final 6-1, 6-2.

The semi-final saw Grey against Carole Monnet. The French woman had eased through to this stage. However, the Brit was dominating. Monnet was clearly struggling and retired to hand the spot in the final to Grey. The Brit moved into the final 3-0.

In the final Grey was against Anastasia Kulikova. The Fin had demolished the top seed in the previous round. However, the Brit was not going away. Grey dominated both sets, breaking more or less at will. The Brit claimed the title 6-2, 6-2.

Challenger & ITF Round Up

Billy Harris defeated Arthur Fils in the final in Antalya 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.

Ryan Peniston was defeated by Nuno Borges in the final in Antalya Challenger 6-4, 6-3.

Adam Jones was defeated by Charles Broom in the first round in Heraklion 6-0, 6-2.

Sean Hodkin was defeated by Jack Pinnington-Jones in the first round in Heraklion 7-6(2), 6-1.

Henry Patten was defeated by Roi Ginat in the first round in Heraklion 6-4, 6-3.

Jack Pinnington-Jones was defeated by Charles Broom in the second round in Heraklion 6-0, 6-2.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Radka Zelnicova in the second round in Heraklion 0-0 (RET)

Harry Wendelken was defeated by Sidane Pontjodikromo in the quarter-final in Heraklion 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.

Lauryn John-Baptiste was defeated by Nicola Fossa Huergo in the quarter-final in Heraklion 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(3).

Arthur Fery was defeated by Kyle Seelig in the semi-final in Heraklion 6-3, 7-5.

Charles Broom defeated Kyle Seelig in the final in Heraklion 6-3, 6-3.

Giles Hussey was defeated by Conner Huertas Del Pino in the first round in Cancun 6-0, 6-4.

Jasmin Conway was defeated by Hina Inoue in the second round in Cancun 0-0 (RET).

Ameila Bissett was defeated by Alica Rusova in the second round in Cancun 6-4, 6-3.

Jonathan Gray was defeated by Hady Habib in the second round in Cairo 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (RET).

Felix Gill was defeated by Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin in the final in Cairo 6-1, 6-2.

Louis Allen was defeated by Roy Smith in the first round in Santo Domingo 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Eliz Maloney was defeated by Nina Radovanovic in the first round in Monastir 7-6(5), 6-4.

Anna Brogan was defeated by Ilona Georgiana Ghioroale in the second round in Monastir 6-4, 6-2.

Stuart Parker defeated Ugo Blanchet in the final in Monastir 6-2, 6-4.

Next week Brits play in Maia, Antalya, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, Dominican Republic & Tunisia