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Tennis | ITF Nottingham | Billy Harris, Sonay Kartal, Julian Cash, Henry Patten, Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden claim titles

By Glenys Furness

  • Billy Harris claimed the Nottingham title without dropping a set
  • Sonay Kartal defeated the third seed en route to the title
  • Brits four from four in the finals
NOTTINGHAM, UK – Billy Harris, Sonay Kartal, Julian Cash, Henry Patten, Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden all claimed titles at the ITF event.

 

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Billy Harris was the seventh seed at the ITF event in Nottingham. In the first round the Brit drew qualifier and fellow Brit Alexis Canter. The first set saw the pair stay close together at the start, however Harris was able to secure the break of serve and move into the lead. The second set was much the same, with the seed again getting the vital break of serve to move into the next round 6-3, 6-3.

The second round saw Harris against wild card entrant William Jansen. The first set was competitive, as both Brits fought to get ahead. The seed managed to secure the break of serve against fellow Brit Jansen and took the lead. The second set saw Harris dominate Jansen and ease through into the next round 6-3, 6-1.

In the quarter-final Harris was against Stuart Parker. The first set saw Harris dominate fellow Brit Parker and lose only one game. The second set was much closer, as Parker started to play better. Despite this, it was Harris who broke serve to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

The semi-final saw Harris against the fifth seed Leandro Riedi. The Swiss player stayed toe to toe with the Brit in the first set. A tie break ensued. Harris and Riedi stayed close together, however, eventually it was the Brit that secured the mini break and moved into the lead. The second set went the same way as the first, and yet another tiebreak followed. This tiebreak saw the Brit again edge ahead and book a spot in the final 7-6(6), 7-6(9).

In the final the Brit was against Edan Leshem. The Israeli stayed toe to toe with the Brit in the first set. Harris managed to break the serve of Leshem and took the lead. The second set saw Harris and Leshem once again stay close together, but again Harris was able to secure the vital break of serve to win his first M25 level ITF title, and his fifth ITF title 6-4, 6-3.

 

Women’s event

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Sonay Kartal was unseeded, in the first round the Brit drew Shavit Kimichi. The Israeli managed to say with Kartal at the start, however, the Brit managed to break serve and get ahead. The second set was much the same, although Kimichi tried hard, the Israeli was unable to fight back. Kartal moved into the next round in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The second round saw Kartal against the third seed Diana Marcinkevica. The Brit managed to break the Latvian serve to seal the first set. The third seed re-grouped in the second set, and dominated the Brit to level up the match. In the final set Kartal and Marcinkevica went toe to toe, eventually the Brit managed to secure the break of serve and move into the next round 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

In the quarter-final the Brit was against Kimberly Birrell. The Australian was no match for Kartal, who dominated from start to finish. The Brit eased through without much trouble, into the next round. Kartal only dropped two games the whole match, taking it 6-1, 6-1.

The semi-final was against the only other Brit left in the draw. Eden Silva struggled in the first set as Kartal dominated. Kartal didn’t drop any games in the first set. The second set saw Silva play better, and stay with Kartal. Eventually though, Kartal broke serve and moved into the final 6-0, 6-4.

In the final, the Brit was against Joanna Garland. The Taiwanese player stayed with the Brit in the first set, before Kartal secured the break of serve. The second set saw Kartal dominate Garland who struggled on serve. The Brit lifted the title in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

 

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Doubles Event

Naiktha Bains & Maia Lumsden teamed up for the women’s doubles. In the first round the Brits were against Abigail Amos & Emma Wilson. Bains & Lumsden dominated the first set, breaking easily to take the lead. Amos & Wilson tried to fight back in the second set, but Bains & Lumsden eventually secured the break needed to move into the next round 6-2, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw the Brits against the second seeds Rutuja Bhosale & Ankita Raina. The Brits once again dominated the first set, breaking the Indians serve to take the lead. The second set saw the Brits and Indians fight hard. Eventually the Brits took the break of serve and moved into the next round 6-2, 6-4.

In the semi-final Bains & Lumsden were against Eliz Maloney & Andre Lukosiute. Bains & Lumsden dominated the first set, losing only one game. In the second set Maloney & Lukosiute fought back and broke the Brits serve to level the match. The final set was a match tiebreak, the Brits edged through to book a spot in the final 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

The final saw the Brits against Australians Kimberly Birrell & Alexandra Osborne. The first set saw the Brits secure a break of serve and move into the lead. The second set saw the Australians fight back, and force a tiebreak. In the tiebreak the Australians edged through to level up the match. The champions tiebreak saw the the Brits edge ahead and take the title 6-3, 6-7(6), 11-9.

Julian Cash & Henry Patten were the second seeds in the mens doubles. In the first round the Brits were against Alexis Canter & Liam Hignett. The seeds dominated the match from start to finish. Cash & Patten only lost one game all match, and eased into the next round 6-1, 6-0.

The quarter-final saw the seeds against Patrick Brady & Mattias Southcombe. Cash & Patten dominated the match again from the start. Although Brady & Southcombe managed to hold serve a couple of times, the seeds moved easily into the semi-final 6-2, 6-1.

In the semi-final the seeds were against Mark Whitehouse & Collin Altamirano. The seeds dominated the first set and took the lead quickly. The second set was a little closer as the Brit/American pair fought hard to try and level the match. The seeds managed the break of serve and took the match 6-1, 6-4.

The final saw the second seeds against Omar Jasika & Eden Leshem. The seeds broke the serve of the Australian/Israeli pair and took the lead. The second set saw Jasika & Leshem fight back and break the serve of the seeds to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak, the Brits dominated and lifted the title 6-3, 5-7, 10-2.

 

Nottingham Round Up

Sean Hodkin was defeated by Christian Harrison in the first round 6-1, 6-3.

Oscar Weightman was defeated by Edan Leshem in the first round 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Adam Jones was defeated by Mark Whitehouse in the first round 6-3, 6-3.

Brandon Murphy was defeated by Filip Peliwo in the first round 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Harry Wendelken was defeated by William Jansen in the first round 6-4, 7-6(1).

Dan Little was defeated by Henry Patten in the first round 6-2, 7-6(5).

Aidan McHugh was defeated by Stuart Parker in the first round 6-4, 6-4.

Yuijro Onuma was defeated by Leandro Riedi in the first round 6-2, 6-2.

Emma Wilson was defeated by Pemra Ozgen in the first round 6-1, 7-6(1).

Hephzibah Oluwadare was defeated by Joanna Garland in the first round 6-0, 6-4.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Alice Robbe in the first round 7-6(7), 6-1.

Maia Lumsden was defeated by Danielle Lao in the first round 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Naiktha Bains was defeated by Viktoria Morvayova in the first round 6-3, 6-3.

Giles Hussey was defeated by Christina Harrison in the second round 6-2, 6-3.

Michael Shaw was defeated by Eden Leshem in the second round 6-2, 7-6(0).

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Alastair Gray in the second round 7-6(5), 6-1.

Henry Patten was defeated by Stuart Parker in the second round 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2).

Julian Cash was defeated by Leandro Reidi in the second round 6-2, 7-5.

Dan Cox was defeated by Yasutaka Uchiyama in the second round 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Freya Christie was defeated by Joanna Garland in the second round 6-1, 1-6, 6-1.

Alastair Gray was defeated by Charles Broom in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-2.

Charles Broom was defeated by Eden Leshem in the semi-final 7-5, 6-2.

Freya Christie & Sonay Kartal were defeated by Han Na-Lea & Hong Yi Cody Wong in the first round 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.

Milly Wood with AnneMarie Emme were defeated by Leonie Kung & Diana Marcinkeva in the first round 7-6(3), 6-1.

Amy Leather & Hannah Smith were defeated by Rebecca Hill & Nadia Rawson in the first round 5-7, 6-3, 10-4.

Lauryn John-Baptiste with Alice Robbe were defeated by Rutuja Bhosale & Ankita Raina in the first round 6-4, 6-2.

Tom Hands with Vasilos Caripi were defeated by Omar Jasika & Eden Leshem in the first round 6-2, 6-2.

Luke Johnson & Joshua Paris were defeated by William Jansen & Pheonix Weir in the first round 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Joseph Newman-Billington & Michael Shaw were defeated by Oscar Weightman & Harry Wendelken in the first round 7-6(8), 6-2.

Ewan McIntosh & Euan Moore were defeated by Mark Whitehouse & Collin Altamirano in the first round 6-3, 7-6(4).

Charles Broom with Filip Peliwo were defeated by Ben Jones & Dan Little in the first round 7-5, 6-2.

Giles Hussey & Adam Jones were defeated by Patrick Brady & Matthias Southcombe in the first round 7-5, 6-3.

Eden Silva with Paige Hourigan were defeated by Eliz Maloney & Andre Lukosuite in the quarter-final 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.

Rebecca Hill & Nadia Rawson were defeated by Leonie Kung & Diana Marcinkeva in the quarter-final 7-5, 6-3.

Ryan Golesworthy & James MacKinley were defeated by Omar Jasika & Eden Leshem in the quarter-final 6-4, 7-6(5).

William Jansen & Phoenix Weir were defeated by Oscar Weightman & Harry Wendelken in the quarter-final 6-4, 6-1.

Ben Jones & Dan Little were defeated by Mark Whitehouse & Collin Altamirano in the quarter-final 7-5, 6-3.

Oscar Weightman & Harry Wendelken were defeated by Omar Jasika & Eden Leshem in the semi-final 6-3, 6-3.

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