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 | UK Pro League | Giles Hussey & Sonay Kartal claim titles in week 7
BATH, UK – Giles Hussey & Sonay Kartal claimed the title in week 7. Kartal won back to back titles having won the event in week 6.
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Giles Hussey started week 7 playing Luke Johnson on Monday. The 24 year old started well, breaking the serve of Johnson. The 27 year old was unable to break back and the first set was lost. Johnson tried to get back on terms in the second set. Hussey, though broke serve again and held on to take the match 6-3, 6-3.
On Tuesday Hussey was against Tiarnan Brady. The 24 year old once again started well, breaking the serve of Brady. No matter what the younger Brit tried, he was unable to get back on serve. The second set was much closer, as Brady stayed with Hussey and forced a tiebreak. In the tiebreak the 23 year old got the break of serve against Hussey and levelled up the match. The final set was a match tiebreak. Hussey broke several times to take his second win of the week 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-4.
The quarter-final on Thursday saw Hussey against young British hopeful Felix Mischker. The teenager struggled against Hussey in the first set. The 24 year old broke at will and didn’t lose a game all set. In the second set Hussey kept the pressure on, and although Mischker managed to get a game on the board, it was the older Brit who moved through 6-0, 6-1.
In the semi-final on Friday Hussey was against Sean Hodkin. The 24 year old dominated the first set, breaking with ease. Hussey took the first set without issue. Hodkin re-grouped in the second set and managed to break the serve of Hussey to level up the match. The match tiebreak was very close, both Hussey and Hodkin fought hard to get ahead. Ultimately, it was Hussey that edged through to book a spot in the final 6-2, 3-6, 11-9.
The final saw Hussey against week 6 winner Billy Harris. The 24 year old broke serve early to take the lead in the first set, Harris was unable to break back and the set was gone. The second set was a little closer, however, again Hussey secured the vital break of serve needed to take the win 6-3, 6-4.
Sonay Kartal started the week off on Monday against Maddie Brooks. The week 5 & 6 winner was looking for a hat trick of titles. Kartal dominated both sets against Brooks. The 19 year old was in complete control over the 32 year old. Kartal took her first win of the week in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The second match of the week for Kartal took place on Wednesday. The 19 year old was against Alice Gillan. The 23 year old found herself completely outplayed by the 19 year old as Kartal stormed through. Gillan struggled to hold serve, as Kartal totally dominated play. The young Brit took the win 6-1, 6-0.
In the quarter-final Kartal was against Freya Christie. The 19 year old secured a break of serve in the tight first set to take the lead. Christie fought back in the second, dominating Kartal to level up the match. The match tiebreak was very close. Neither Christie or Kartal wanted to lose. Ultimately the 19 year old secured the break and moved into the semi-final 6-4, 2-6, 11-9.
The semi-final saw Kartal against Emily Appleton. The 22 year old struggled against Kartal, who was dominating the match. The 19 year old was equal to everything that Appleton threw at her. The young Brit proved just too strong for Appleton. Kartal moved into the final for the loss of just one game 6-0, 6-1.
In the final Kartal was against Emma Wilson. The 24 year old was dominated by the 19 year old in the first set. Kartal did not lose a game. The second was slightly closer, as Wilson manged to hold serve a few times. Kartal eventually broke serve though to take the title and make it a hat trick of wins 6-0, 6-3.
Other finishing places
Alice Gillan defeated Emily Appleton to finish third 6-4, 6-1
Sean Hodkin defeated Dan Cox to finish third 6-4, 7-5.
Freya Christie defeated Slovakian Katarina Stresnakova to finish fifth 6-2, 7-6(5).
Luke Johnson defeated Ewan Moore to finish fifth 6-4, 6-3.
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