LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Sonay Kartal of Great Britain plays a backhand in her Girls' Singles first round match against Annerly Poulos of Australia during Day six of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Sonay Kartal claims title in ITF Antalya
ANTALYA, TURKEY – Sonay Kartal entered the ITF event and was unseeded. The Brit had made the final here in the previous week event.
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Sonay Kartal entered the ITF event in Antalya. The 19 year old Brit had played the same venue last week and made the final, unfortunately, Kartal finished runner up last week. This week Kartal drew Başak Eraydın in the first round. The Turkish player stayed with the Brit at the start of the first set. Kartal managed to break the serve of Eraydin and took the lead. The second set followed the same pattern with the Turk staying with the Brit at the start, before the 19 year old got the breakthrough to take the win 6-3, 6-3.
In the second round Kartal was against the sixth seed Martina Spigarelli. The Italian was the favourite on paper. However the Brit did not read the script. Kartal dominated the first set, breaking more or less at will. Spigarelli struggled to get points on the board and the Brit took the lead. The second set saw the Italian playing better, however Kartal still dominated and booked a spot in the next round 6-1, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the 19 year old against the second seed Melania Delai. Although higher ranked the Italian was no match for Kartal who dominated from start to finish. The young Brit eased through each game, whilst Delai struggled. The Brit did not lose a single game and moved into the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.
In the semi-final Kartal was against Hungarian eighth seed Dorka Drahota Szabo. However, the seed was unable to take to the court and the Brit progressed through to the final without hitting a ball 0-0 (RET).
The final saw the young Brit against unseeded Hungarian Amarissa Kiara Tóth. This proved to be the toughest match to date for Kartal. In the first set the Hungarian stayed with the Brit and it looked like a tiebreak would be required. However, the young Brit finally secured the break right at the end of the set to take the lead. The second set was much the same, as neither could take the lead. Right at the end of the set however, Kartal secured the break to take the match and her first ITF title 7-5, 7-5.
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