The semi-finals at the Tier 1 AEGON British Tour event in Bournemouth this week have more-or-less gone completely with seeding, with only one anomaly throughout the Men’s and Women’s draws. Nevertheless, each semi-final clash looks rather tasty.
In the Men’s draw, the only real shock was top seed Keelan Oakley’s withdrawal in his second round match against qualifier Kai Maxted. Oakley was a set up but a break down in the second before being forced to retire, and we hope it’s nothing serious. Oakley’s withdrawal means fifth seed Joshua Sapwell in the first semi-finalist, and the only player outside the top four seeds in each draw to make the last four. He’ll play third seed Marcus Walters, who won 2-6 6-1 6-4 against sixth seed Adam Glynn to book his spot in the semis.
Eighth seed Harry Mabbitt suffered an early exit in the third quarter, losing 7-6(5) 6-3 to Freddie Grant in the second round, but Grant was eventually beaten by fourth seed Oliver Hudson 6-2 6-0 in the quarters in a rather one-sided affair. Hudson will face second seed Luke Oakley after the 18-year-old defeated seventh seed Neil Cordon 6-2 6-2 in the fourth and final quarter-final.
Absolutely everything in the Women’s draw has gone as per seeding, with all eight seeds reaching the quarter-finals in a disappointingly predictable draw. Top seed Lisa Whybourn should walk to the title, as she’s ranked way ahead of pretty much everyone else and secured a 6-2 6-0 victory over eighth seed Alice Gillan to reach the semis. There, she’ll play Holly Hutchinson, the fourth seed, who beat Mollie Crouch 6-1 6-4.
Hard-hitting fifth seed Serena Nash, who is heading off to US College after the summer holidays, was unable to make enough of an impact against third seed and WTA-Ranked Aimee Gibson, going down 6-2 6-4, and Gibson will face Aussie second seed Elizabeth James in the second semi-final after the Australian beat seventh seed Lily Ghodrati 6-3 6-0 in the bottom quarter-final.