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 Series 2020 | Daniel Cox and Emily Appleton claim titles week 5

By Glenys Furness

  • Daniel Cox and Emily Appleton claim the titles in week 5
  • Cox only lost one match en route to the trophy
  • Appleton lost only two sets to get the trophy
WEYBRIDGE, UK – Daniel Cox and Emily Appleton both claimed the titles in week 5 of the UK Pro Series. Cox lost one match but still made the final, Appleton only dropped two sets.


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Daniel Cox played against Julian Cash in the first round. Cash got off to a great start, breaking Cox early and took the lead. However, in the second set Cox fought back forcing a tiebreak. Cox edged the breaker and tied the match, in the ensuing match tiebreak Cox and Cash went toe to toe. Eventually Cox broke through and managed to take the match 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

In the next match Cox was against Toby Martin. Cox broke early and dominated the first set. However, Martin re-grouped in the second and broke serve to level up the match. Once again a final set tiebreak would be needed to decide the winner. Cox was dominant during the breaker and soon had a lead that Martin could not get back from. Cox moved on 6-2, 3-6, 10-4.

On Wednesday Cox played Luke Johnson. The first set was dominated by Cox who lost only one game. Johnson tried everything but was unable to get back in the set. However, the second set was a reversal with Johnson playing the better tennis and dominating Cox levelling up. The final set tiebreak was very close, but Johnson edged ahead to take the match 1-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Thursday saw Cox against Tom Hands. The pair were toe to toe at the start, before Cox secured the break of serve to move ahead. In the second set Hands fought back and broke the serve of Cox to level the match. The match tiebreak was very close, however Cox edged through 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.

On Friday Cox played David Fox. The pair went toe to toe and neither player able to get the break. In the tiebreak Fox edged ahead and took the lead. Cox, however, was able to re-group in the second and dominated to level up the match. In the final set, the players were again on a par with each other. Cox eventually managed to sneak the break and take the match 6-7(5), 6-1, 10-8.

In the semi-final Cox was against Ryan Peniston. Cox continued the form that had got him this far, dominating the set to take the lead. However, Peniston was not going away and fought back in the second to force a tiebreak. In the break Peniston was all over the game of Cox and took the breaker easily. The final set tiebreak was very tight and Cox edged ahead to book a spot in the final 6-2, 6-7(1), 11-9.

The final saw Cox against Henry Patten, the first set was very close, with both players not giving an inch. Ultimately the set went to a tiebreak, which Cox secured quickly. In the second set Patten tried hard, but by now Cox was on a roll and would not be denied. Cox broke the serve of Patten and took the match 7-6(4), 6-3.


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Emily Appleton in the first round was against Victoria Allen. Appleton had very little trouble defeating Allen, in fact Appleton only lost one game in the whole match. In just over an hour, Appleton had secured the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.

The next match for Appleton was against Holly Staff. The first set was very tight, with a tiebreak looking likely. However, Appleton managed to secure the break of serve and take the first set. In the second set Staff was outclassed by Appleton, who claimed the win 7-5, 6-1.

On Wednesday Appleton was against Summer Yardley. This was another quick match for Appleton. In just over an hour Appleton had secured the victory. Yardley was unable to get back on terms in either set, being completed dominated by Appleton who moved on with a 6-2, 6-2 win.

Thursday saw Appleton against Erin Richardson. Appleton continued where she had left off in the first set. Totally dominating her opponent and losing no games. Richardson, however, fought back in the next set and broke serve to level up. In the final set breaker Appleton struck an early lead and never looked back. Claiming the win 6-0, 3-6, 10-4.

On Friday Appleton faced Abby Taylor. This was the easiest match to date for Appleton. In under 50 mins Taylor had been totally outplayed and outclassed. Appleton did not lose a single game and managed to double-bagel Taylor, who had a very bad day at the office, losing 6-0, 6-0.

The semi-final pitched Appleton against Olivia Nicholls. Appleton secured the break of serve in the first set and took the lead. Nicholls tried to break back but was unable to. Appleton was just one set away from the final. The second set also had Appleton break serve and book a spot in the final 6-4, 6-3.

In the final Appleton was against Naomi Broady. This proved to be the hardest match for Appleton of the week. Broady secured the break of serve late in the first set and moved into the lead. Appleton re-grouped in the second to dominate and level the match. The deciding set tiebreak was very close, however, it was Appleton that took the victory 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.


Other Sunday Results

Kimberly Mpukusa defeated Abby Taylor 6-3, 6-2.

Toby Martin defeated Dan Little 6-3, 0-0 (RET).

Summer Yardley defeated Abigail Amos 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

Marcus Willis defeated Sean Hodkin 6-4, 6-4.

Billy Harris defeated Joshua Paris 7-5, 6-4.

Nadia Rawson defeated Erin Richardson 7-6(2), 3-0 (RET).

Holly Staff defeated Eliz Maloney 6-3, 7-5.

Ryan Peniston defeated George Houghton 6-3, 7-6(5).

David Fox defeated Tom Hands 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.

Victoria Allen defeated Olivia Nicholls 3-2 (RET).

Next week Brits play in Weybridge, Palermo & Lexington.


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