Eliz Maloney at the 2020 British Tour
Eliz Maloney at the 2020 British Tour | (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | UK Pro League | Maloney & Loffhagen win week 7

By Glenys Furness

  • Eliz Maloney & George Loffhagen claimed week 7 titles
  • Maloney didn’t drop a set all week
WELWYN GARDEN CITY, UK – Eliz Maloney & George Loffhagen claimed the titles in week 7. Maloney didn’t drop a set en route to the title.


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Eliz Maloney was the last match on court 2 on Monday. Her opponent in the first round robin match was Jizel Fernandez. The 21 year old stayed with Maloney at the start of the first set. The 22 year old eventually managed to break the Fernandez serve in the first set and took the lead. The second set saw Maloney dominate and claim the first match in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

On Tuesday Maloney was again the last match, this time on court 1 and was against Summer Yardley. Maloney was just too good for Yardley and dominated from the outset. Maloney had little trouble breaking the serve of Yardley and was soon in the lead. The second set went the same way as the first set and no matter what Yardley tried she was unable to get into the match. Maloney moved on 6-1, 6-1.

Wednesday saw Maloney in the quarter-final against Nadia Rawson. The 24 year old struggled to hold serve in the first set as Maloney dominated. The 22 year old took the first set easily and was one step away from the week seven semi-final. The second set saw Rawson play slightly better, as the 24 year old held serve a couple of times. However, this was not good enough as Maloney dominated still and moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-1.

In Friday’s semi-final Maloney was against Beth Grey. The first set was fairly close as both stayed toe to toe at the start. However, Maloney managed to secure the break of serve and moved ahead. The second set was dominated by Maloney, who managed to get a handle on the game of Grey. Maloney moved into the final 6-4, 6-2.

The final saw Maloney against Lauryn John-Baptiste. As had been the want for most of the week, the 22 year old started in fine fashion. Breaking John-Baptiste easily and dominating play. The 22 year old soon had the first set in the bag. In the second set John-Baptiste started playing better, and managed to hold serve more, staying with Maloney. Eventually, though, it was Maloney that secured the vital break of serve and lifted the week seven title in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

Men’s side

George Loffhagen kicked off the week as the final match on court 1 against Anton Matusevich. The two 21 year olds battled hard in the first set, and ultimately a tiebreak ensued.  Matusevich dominated the breaker and took the lead. The second set was also close, with both going toe to toe. It looked to be heading to another tie break, except right at the end of the set, Matusevich was able to get the break of serve and took the win 7-6(2), 7-5.

Loffhagen played his second match on Tuesday as the first match on court 1. His opponent was Maceo Simpson. The 19 year old was outplayed in the first set, as Loffhagen dominated and claimed the set without dropping a game. The second set saw the 21 year old continue the form of the first set, but Simpson was at least able to hold serve a couple of times. Loffhagen took the win 6-0, 6-2.

The quarter-final was the battle of the Georges, as Loffhagen was against George Houghton. The 22 year old dominated the first set as Houghton struggled to get to grips with the Loffhagen game. The second set was more of the same, as Loffhagen dominated again, but Houghton did manage to hold serve a couple of times. Loffhagen moved into the semi-final 6-1, 6-2.

In the semi-final Loffhagen was against Joshua Paris. The 26 year old and 22 year old fought hard in the first set, with neither player giving an inch. Eventually the set went to a tiebreak and it was Paris that edged through and took the lead. Loffhagen regrouped in the second set, and managed to break Paris to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak Loffhagen had worked out Paris game and and dominated to move into the final 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-2.

The final was a rematch of their first round robin where Loffhagen was again against Matusevich. The first set saw the pair go toe to toe at the start, but then Loffhagen managed to break the serve of Matusevich and took the lead. The second set was dominated by Matusevich who levelled up the match. In the following match tiebreak it was Loffhagen who dominated to lift the week seven title 6-3. 2-6, 10-2.

Other Results

Beth Grey defeated Alice Gillan 7-6(4), 6-3 to finish third

Dan Cox defeated Joshua Paris 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 to finish third

Arina Vasilescu defeated Danielle Daley 6-4, 7-6(4) to finish fifth

Alexis Canter defeated Harry Wendelken 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-6 to finish fifth

Jizel Fernandez defeated Nadia Rawson 6-3, 7-5 to finish seventh

Joe Tyler defeated George Houghton 2-1 (RET) to finish seventh

UK Pro League returns 21st November for finals week in Nottingham.