Maia Lumsden in the LTA British Tour 2020, London
Maia Lumsden in the LTA British Tour 2020, London | (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | UK Pro League | Maia Lumsden & Dan Cox claim week 4 titles

By Glenys Furness

  • Maia Lumsden begins comeback with a title
  • Dan Cox didn’t drop a set all week
WARWICK UNIVERSITY, COVENTRY, UK – Maia Lumsden and Dan Cox claimed the titles in week four of the UK Pro League. Cox didn’t drop a set all week.

 

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The UK Pro League returned for week four. Maia Lumsden began her comeback after suffering from Long Covid. The 24 year old Scot had been sidelined for 18 months. Making her return to Tennis she opted to start with the event at Warwick.

On the first day Lumsden was against Marni Banks. The 19 year old stayed toe to toe with Lumsden in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Banks edged the tiebreak to get ahead. The second set saw Lumsden mount a fight back, and the 24 year old managed to break Banks and level up the match. The final set in the Pro League is a match tiebreak. This was a tight affair, but eventually Banks edged ahead and took the match 7-6(5), 5-7, 11-9.

The second match for Lumsden was against Soumeya Anane. The 28 year old was no match for Lumsden in the first set. The younger Brit dominated the set to take the lead. The second was a little closer, as Anane tried to fight back. However, Lumsden secured the break needed and took the win 6-1, 6-3.

In the quarter-final Lumsden was against Katie Stresnakova. The Slovak dominated the first set, as the Brit struggled to hold serve. However, in the second set Lumsden found her mojo again. Staying with the Slovak and securing the break of serve when needed to level up the match. In the match tiebreak it was the Brit that dominated through to make the semi-final 1-6, 7-5, 10-4.

The semi-final pitched Lumsden against Eliz Maloney. The 24 year old managed to break the serve of Maloney early and hold on to take the set. The second set was much easier for Lumsden. Maloney struggled to hold serve, but Lumsden took full advantage. Maloney got a couple of games on the board, but Lumsden sealed the win and booked the spot in the final 6-3, 6-2.

In the final Lumsden was up against Banks again. In a rematch of the first day, the two were against each other again. Lumsden dominated the first set this time as Banks struggled to hold serve. However, in the second set Banks fought back, breaking Lumsden to level up the match. The final match tiebreak saw Lumsden ease ahead and claim the title 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.

 

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Men’s Event

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On the first day Dan Cox was against Roan Jones. The 18 year old found Cox too strong as Jones barely held serve. Cox dominated the match from start to finish, breaking at will. Jones came close in a few games, but Cox held steady. The 31 year old experience showed as Jones crumbled. Cox moved into the next round 6-0, 6-1.

In his next round robin match Cox was against Patrick Foley. The first set saw Cox break serve easily, and Foley was unable to break back. However, the 26 year old did not give up. Although Foley was unable to get back into the first set, the second was a different story. The younger Brit stayed with Cox right until near the end of the set, Cox secured the vital break of serve required and took the match 6-3, 7-5.

The quarter-final saw Cox against James Mackinlay. The 21  year old was outplayed and outclassed by Cox. The older Brit had very little trouble against Mackinlay. Cox dominated the match from the outset. No matter what Mackinaly tried Cox was equal to it. Cox eased through in to the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.

In the semi-final Cox was against Mason Recci. The 23 year old stayed with Cox at the start of the first set, however the 31 year old managed to secure the break of serve to move ahead. The second set was much closer, as Recci stayed toe to toe with Cox. Eventually the older Brit managed to secure the break of serve and moved into the final 6-3, 7-5.

The final saw Cox against Billy Harris. Cox dominated the first set with Harris struggling to hold serve. The 31 year old moved into the lead and was only one set away from his first Pro League title. The second set saw Harris fight back and force a tiebreak. In the breaker both players fought for the win, eventually though it was Cox that edged through to claim his first Pro League title 6-2, 7-6(9).

 

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Eliz Maloney defeated by Danielle Daly to finish third 6-2, 6-3.

Brandon Murphy defeated Mason Recci to finish third 6-4, 7-6(4).

Katie Stresnakova defeated Adeola Greatorex to finish fifth 6-2, 6-0.

Sean Hodkin defeated James Mackinley to finish fifth 6-0, 1-0 (RET).

Alice Gillan defeated Alicia Loosemore to finish seventh 6-2, 6-1.

Sam Reeve defeated Felix Mischker to finish seventh 6-1, 6-2.

UK Pro League returns in August for week 5.

 

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