Emily Appleton at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, 2018
Emily Appleton at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, 2018 (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | UK Pro League | Henry Patten & Emily Appleton claim titles in week 4.

  • Henry Patten lost two matches in the round robin stages
  • Emily Appleton dropped only on set en route
LOUGHBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM – Henry Patten and Emily Appleton lifted the titles in week 4 of the Pro League. Appleton dropped only one set en route, Patten lost two matches in the round robin and still claimed the title.


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The first round robin match of week four for Henry Patten was against George Houghton. Patten did not start well, as Houghton managed to obtain a break of serve in the first set. No matter what Patten tried, he was unable to get back on serve. In the second set, once again Houghton secured the break of serve to take the win over Patten 4-6, 3-6.

On Tuesday Patten was against Jack Gibbens. This was a much easier match for Patten, as Gibbens struggled with serve. In the first set Patten was in complete control, Gibbens could only get one game on the board. In the second set Patten was still dominating, breaking at will. Gibbens could do nothing to get back on terms and Patten took the match 6-1, 6-2.

Wednesday saw Patten take on Billy Harris. The first set saw Patten dominate once again, with Harris struggling to get games on the board. The second set was much closer, as Harris started to find his game. However, Patten secured the break of serve needed to claim the win 6-2, 6-4.

On Thursday Patten was against Dan Cox. Patten found Cox a very strong opponent and found himself broken by Cox and unable to get back on serve. The second set saw Patten struggle against a very good Cox. The set was all one way as Cox dominated and took the match 6-3, 6-1.

Friday saw Patten against Jack Findel-Hawkins. This was the closest match so far, with Patten and Findel-Hawkins going toe to toe in the first set. Patten managed to secure the vital break of serve right at the end of the set to take the lead. The second set saw Patten break earlier and secure a spot in the semi-final 7-5, 6-4.

The semi-final saw Patten against Joshua Paris. In the first set Patten dominated as Paris struggled to hold serve. Patten broke easily to take the set. The second was closer though, as Paris started to find his game. It was too late, however, as Patten broke to move into the final 6-2, 6-4.

In the final Patten was against Dan Cox again. This time, Patten was not in the mood for a defeat. Dominating the first set Patten broke Cox with ease. In the second set, Cox tried to get back into the match, but Patten obtained the break needed to take the title 6-2, 6-3.


Ladies Event

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Emily Appleton started the week against Danielle Daley. Appleton, who had been either the winner or runner up in the previous three events started well. Although Daley was a challenge, Appleton secured the break needed to move ahead. The second set was much easier for Appleton who broke early and moved on with a straight sets win 6-3, 6-4.

Tuesday saw Appleton play Emma Wilson. Appleton and Wilson fought well in the first set, going toe to toe. Eventually, it was Appleton who broke serve right at the end to take the lead. Wilson was not going to go quietly though, and regrouped. Wilson managed to break the serve of Appleton in the second set and levelled up the match. The final set was a match tiebreak and Appleton edged to take the match 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.

On Wednesday Appleton was against Nadia Rawson. This match was all one way traffic, as Appleton dominated both sets losing only one game. Rawson was unable to get into the game and was soon on the wrong end of a drubbing. Appleton took the match 6-1, 6-0.

Thursday saw Appleton against Sofia Johnson. Appleton continued the domination from the day before. Johnson could not hold serve against the previous finalist as Appleton totally controlled the match from start to finish. Appleton took the match without dropping a game 6-0, 6-0.

Friday saw Appleton against Angelina Graovac. Appleton once again dominated the match from start to finish. In a repeat of the previous day, Appleton did not drop a game even with Graovac trying as hard as she good. Appleton moved into the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.

The semi-final saw Appleton against Alice Gillan. The first set saw Gillan test Appleton, until the latter secured a break of serve to move ahead. This seemed to break the will of Gillan who was unable to get a further game on the board. Appleton moved into the final 6-4, 6-0.

In the final Appleton took on Eliz Maloney. In a rematch of the week three final Appleton and Maloney made a fight of the match. Week three runner up Appleton, secured a break of serve in the first set to move ahead. The second set saw the week three champion stay with Appleton, and it looked like a tiebreak was on the cards. Appleton though had other ideas and managed to get the break of serve right at the end to lift the title 6-4, 7-5.

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Joshua Paris defeated Luke Johnson 6-2, 6-3 for third place.

Alice Gillan defeated Nadia Rawson 6-2, 6-2 for third place.

Julian Cash defeated Dan Little 7-5, 6-2 for fifth place.

Katarina Stresnakova defeated Freya Christie 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-5 for fifth place.

George Houghton defeated Mason Recci 6-3, 7-5 for seventh place.

Emma Wilson defeated Danielle Daley 6-4, 6-2 for seventh place.

Jack Findel-Hawkins defeated Tom Hands 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-4 for ninth place.

Katherine Barnes defeated Sofia Johnson 1-6, 6-0, 10-8 for ninth place.

William Nolan defeated Jack Gibbens 6-3, 6-4 for eleventh place.

Jizel Fernandez defeated Angelina Graovac 2-1 (RET) for eleventh place.

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