Naomi Broady dropped only one set en route to the title
Alastair Gray lost one match on his way through
WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, UK – Naomi Broady & Alastair Gray claimed the victories in the second week of the Pro Series tour, gaining places for the last week of the tour.
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The round robin format of the Pro Series means lots of matches for the players. The first match for Naomi Broady was against Emily Morton. Broady broke early in the first set and took the lead without dropping a game. In the next set Morton fought hard and secured a tiebreak. Broady totally dominated the breaker to seal the win 6-0, 7-6(2).
The next match for Broady was against Holly Staff. This was a little tougher match for Broady compared to the first. Staff fought well and although Broady dominated the first set, Staff stayed with Broady for most of the second until Broady finally managed to get the break and take the win 6-2,6-4.
Next up for Broady was Emily Appleton. Broady broke first to take the lead, however Appleton fought back in the second to level up. The final set was a match tiebreak and Broady took the lead and didn’t falter, claiming her third win 6-3, 3-6,10-6.
Abigail Amos was the next opponent for Broady. Very much like the first match, Broady didn’t lose a game in the first set. Amos managed to hold serve a couple of times in the next set, however Broady was just too strong and went on to claim victory 6-0, 6-2.
The last of the round robin matches for Broady was Charlotte Russell. Broady dominated the first set with Russell struggling to hold serve. However, the second set was closer as Broady eventually secured the one break required to book a spot in the semi-final 6-2, 6-4.
In the semi-final Broady was against Eliz Maloney who finished second in the other pool. Broady had very little difficulty overcoming Maloney and in less than an hour made the final 6-1, 6-0.
The final was a rematch between Broady and Appleton. A very tight affair with both players not giving an inch. Suitably both sets in the final went to a tiebreak with Broady edging both of them to claim victory 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
On the men’s side of the draw the first match for Alastair Gray was against Ryan Peniston. Gray secured a break of serve in the first set which Peniston could not recover from. Gray dominated the second set and didn’t let Peniston get a look in. Gray took the match 6-4, 6-2.
The second match for Gray was against Henry Patten. Gray took the match to Patten, breaking early in the first set and never looked back. Gray then dominated the second set. Patten tried hard but was unable to break Gray to get back into the match. Gray secured the win in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Next up for Gray was Aidan McHugh. This was the toughest match so far for Gray. McHugh could not break in the first set, whereas Gray could. McHugh fought back in the second and forced a tiebreak. Gray was not going to be denied the victory and managed to secure the breaker to move on 6-3, 7-6(4).
Following on was Liam Broady. Gray and Broady went toe to toe in the first set with Gray managing to secure the break right at the end of the set. In the second, Broady was still trying to stand firm, but once again Gray took the break and the win 7-5, 6-4.
The last round robin match for Gray was against Billy Harris. Harris got off to the best start and broke Gray early and took the lead. Gray could not get back into the match and was broken again in the second set as Harris took the win, 2-6, 3-6.
Despite the loss in the last match, Gray made the semi-final and was against Lloyd Glasspool. Although the higher ranked player, Glasspool struggled against Gray and could not break serve. Gray took both sets with a break of serve and moved into the final 6-3, 6-3.
In the final Gray faced Billy Harris. Gray was out for revenge and totally dominated the first set. Harris did not get a look in during the whole match. Gray took the match easily, breaking Harris in both sets to claim the win and a place in the final week 6-2,6-3.
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