Sonay Kartal in the 2019 Wimbledon Girls' competition
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

By Glenys Furness

  • Sonay Kartal claims first ITF title in Turkey
  • 19 year old defeated three seeds along the way
  • Double bagelled the second seed.
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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Challenger & ITF Round UP

Felix Gill was defeated by Dan Alexandru Tomescu in the first round in Antalya 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Eliz Maloney was defeated by Melania Delai in the second round in Antalya 6-1, 6-1.

Jack Pinnington-Jones was defeated by Juan Pablo Paz in the second round in Antalya 7-6(0), 6-4.

Billy Harris was defeated by Savriyan Danilov in the quarter-final in Antalya 6-4, 6-1.

Jay Clarke was defeated by Andrea Arnaboldi in the first round in Losinj 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Dan Little was defeated by Johannes Haerteis in the quarter-final in Hamburg 6-4, 6-4.

Stuart Parker was defeated by Naoki Nakagawa in the second round in Quinta Do Lago 6-1, 7-6(7).

Anton Matusevich was defeated by Kaichi Uchida in the quarter-final in Quinta Do Lago 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Harry Wendelken was defeated by Arthur Cazaux in the quarter-final in Quinta Do Lago 7-6(2), 6-4.

Paul Jubb was defeated by Arthur Cazaux in the semi-final in Quinta Do Lago 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Alexis Canter was defeated by Jimmy Yang in the first round in Doha 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5.

Dan Cox was defeated by Mu Tao in the second round in Doha 6-1, 6-4.

Joshua Paris was defeated by Simon Freund in the second round in Doha 6-1, 7-6(2).

Julian Cash was defeated by Li Hanwen in the final in Doha 6-4, 6-3.

Giles Hussey was defeated by Victor Lilov in the quarter-final in Cancun 6-4, 7-5.

Blu Baker was defeated by Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga in the first round in Vero Beach 6-3, 6-1.

Toby Martin was defeated by Duarte Vale in the first round in Vero Beach 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Tara Wurth in the second round in Seville 7-5, 6-2.

Sarah Beth Grey was defeated by Maria Bonderenko in the first round in Netanya 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Freya Christie was defeated by Lina Glushko in the second round in Netanya 6-4, 6-2.

Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Chloe Paquet in the final in Netanya 6-3, 6-3.

Dean Cooper Kirby was defeated by Mario Gonzalez Fernandez in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Bai Zhuoxuan in the semi-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Marlow, Vienna, Brest, Las Vegas, France, Portugal, USA, Estonia, Turkey, Italy, Tunisia, Egypt, Cluj, Courmayer, Spain & Israel.


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