Fifth seed Joshua Sapwell and top seed Lisa Whybourn were the winners at this week’s AEGON British Tour Tier 1 event in Bournemouth, with Sapwell battling past seeds three and four in the semis and final, and Whybourn dropping just twelve games in her four victories en route to the title.
Our previous update covered the events leading up to the semi-finals, where a couple of upsets occurred. With the top seed already out, fifth seed Sapwell took on third seed Marcus Walters, while second seed Luke Oakley was up against fourth seed Oliver Hudson. In both instances, the lower seed emerged victorious: Sapwell edged a narrow 7-5 7-5 victory over young Walters, while Hudson came through against Oakley thanks to a match tiebreak instead of a deciding set, 3-6 6-4 10-5.
In the final, wildcard Sapwell was eventually too strong for Hudson, emerging victorious after a tough first set preceded a bagel in the second, 6-4 6-0. The win continues Sapwell’s decent form at British Tour level, but the Brit, who is steadily recovering from injury, is yet to re-enter the ATP Rankings despite several qualifying attempts and a couple of first round appearances.
In the Women’s draw, Lisa Whybourn, ranked well ahead of everyone else in the field in both the WTA and LTA Rankings, demonstrated the gulf in quality between her and everyone else with a waltz to the title without dropping a set. The top seed faced fourth seed Holly Hutchinson in the first semi-final and demolished the poor youngster 6-1 6-0. Aussie second seed Elizabeth James benefitted from third seed Aimee Gibson retiring a set up to reach the final alongside Whybourn, but the Brit was far too good for James in the final, triumphing 6-1 6-3 to lift the title.