SHREWSBURY, UK – Maia Lumsden picked up her first ITF 25K title at the UK event. The Brit defeated the third seed along the way.
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Maia Lumsden entered the ITF 25K event in Shrewsbury and was unseeded. Having come through qualifying as the top seed the Brits first round opponent was Eva Guerrero Alvarez. The Spaniard tried to break the serve of Lumsden but it was the Brit who came out on top. The second set was even closer as Guerrero Alvarez nearly forced a tiebreak. However, Lumsden broke serve just when needed and moved into the second round 6-4, 7-5.
In the second round the Brit was facing Caroline Werner. The German had defeated the sixth seed in the first round, however Werner was no match for Lumsden. Both sets saw the Brit dominate and break twice in each to move into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw Lumsden facing third seed Austrian Barbara Haas. In the first set both players stayed toe-to-toe, before the Brit managed to get the break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the momentum stay with Lumsden as the third seed struggled. Haas was unable to get a game on the board and the Brit moved comfortably into the semi-final 7-5, 6-0.
In the semi-final the Brit was against Greet Minnen. Lumsden secured the break of serve in the first set and stayed ahead to take the lead. The Belgian fought back in the second set and managed to break the Brits serve levelling up the match. In the final set it was Lumsden who secured the vital break of serve and moved into the final 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
The final saw Lumsden against Valeria Savinykh. With the home crowd in good voice the Brit dominated the first set and the Russian couldn’t get into the swing of things. The second set saw the Russian mount a fightback and get a break of serve against Lumsden and level the match. The final set saw the Brit break the serve of Savinykh and served out for the title 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
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