ROEHAMPTON, UK – Beth Grey, Aidan McHugh & Arthur Fery all came one win of qualifying for Wimbledon.
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There was plenty of interest and possibly opportunities for more Brits to join the likes of Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu & Ryan Peniston in the main draw at the All England Club. Three qualifying matches to get through and a spot at one of the most iconic tournaments within grasp.
Beth Grey took on the 27th seed Olivia Gadecki. The Australian stayed with the Brit in the first set, and managed to break serve to take the lead. However, the Brit re-grouped in the second set. Gadecki and Grey stayed toe to toe, before the Brit managed to break serve and get the match back on terms. The final set was very close, both players stayed together and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker Grey edged ahead and managed to take the win 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(10).
In the second round Grey was against Swiss Lulu Radovcic. The Brit managed to stay with Radovcic at the start of the first set. Unfortunately the Swiss broke serve and took the lead. The second set saw Radovcic dominate Grey and book a spot in the final round of qualifying.
Aidan McHugh drew Gonzalo Lama in the first round. The Brit dominated the first set as the Chilean struggled to find his game, soon McHugh had the first set. The second set saw Lama try to mount a fightback, but the Brit secured a break of serve to move into the next round 6-2, 6-4.
In the second round McHugh was against Andreas Seppi. The Italian 26th seed. In the first set Seppi and McHugh stayed close, before the seed finally managed to get the break of serve. In the second set the Italian dominated as McHugh was unable to stay with Seppi. The Italian moved into the final qualifying round 6-4, 6-2.
Arthur Fery drew Thomas Fabbiano in the first round. The Italian stayed with Frey in the first set, before the Brit managed to secure a break of serve and move into the lead. The second set saw the Brit dominate and eased through into the next round 6-4, 6-2.
In the second round Fery was against American Nicolas Moreno De Alboran. The Brit and the American stayed close, and the first set went to a tiebreak. Moreno De Alboran dominated the breaker and took the lead. The second set was much the same. Fery tried to stay with Morena De Alboran, but the American again managed to dominate the beaker and moved into the final round 6-2, 6-3.
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