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Tennis | LTA British Tour 2020 | Charles Broom & Grace Piper shine in final week
Charles Broom claimed the title in the final week of the British Tour
Grace Piper lost in the final to Yuriko Miyazaki
ROEHAMPTON, UK – Charles Broom claimed the ATP title in the final week of the British Tour. Grace Piper made the final of the WTA side, before losing out to the top seed.
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Week four was the final week of the British Tour. Reverting back to the format of the first two weeks, the event was held over four days. Charles Broom faced the fourth seed Joshua Paris in the first round. The seed was no match for Broom, who broke early in the first set and held on to take the lead. In the second set Paris could not stay with Broom who dominated the set and progressed to the next round 6-3, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw Broom up against Daniel Little. This match was a little tougher for Broom, however, he was able to secure the break of serve required in each set. Little was unable to break back and so it was Broom that progressed to the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
In the semi-final Broom was against the top seed Lloyd Glasspool. Broom was on a roll and all set to take the match to Glasspool. However, the top seed withdrew from the match handing Broom the spot in the final without a ball being hit. Broom effectively had a day off and moved into the final 0-0 (RET).
The final pitted Broom against Henry Patten. The first set was very tight, with both players not giving an inch. Ultimately the first set went to a tiebreak. Broom secured the lead and was unstoppable. The second set saw Broom dominate Patten losing only one game to lift the final week title 7-6, 6-1.
In the first round Grace Piper was drawn against Charlotte Russell. Piper barely broke a sweat and dominated the entire match. Russell tried to get with the game of Piper, but was unable to. Piper lost only two games in the entire match to move into the quarter-final 6-0, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw Piper against the second seed Victoria Allen. Piper was still on a roll from the first round and once again dominated the match. Breaking easily and quickly in the first set saw Piper in the lead. Allen, although the seeded player, could do nothing against the game of Piper and only won two games. Piper moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-0.
In the semi-final Piper was against Emma Wilson. This was a tough match for Piper with the first set going to a tiebreak. Wilson dominated the tiebreak to take the lead. Piper re-grouped in the second set and dominated the game to level up and force a match tiebreak. In the tiebreak Piper once again took control and barely put a foot wrong to take the victory 6-7(3), 6-2, 10-3.
The final saw Piper against the top seed Yuriko Miyazaki. The Japanese player was in complete control during the match. Piper was unable to match the play of the top seed and was totally dominated. The Brit did manage to secure some games in the second set, but ultimately lost 6-0, 6-2 ending a great week.
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