After the weekend’s action in Week 20 qualifying for ITFs, there are several Brits still in contention to qualify, although none have fully confirmed their place in the main draws across the globe. The highlights are excellent performances from juniors Ewen Lumsden and Francesca Jones.
Lumsden and Jones are stepping up to the senior tour after moderate successes at junior level this year, and this week they have so far done a decent job, with both in the final qualifying round at their respective events. Jones, competing at the $10k in Tunisia, beat Ukrainian Aza Petrova 6-1 6-2 and must beat Frenchwoman Zoe Bourbotte, an unranked 14-year-old, to reach the main draw. Top seed Mirabelle Njoze fell 6-7(3) 6-1 6-0 to Belgian Margaux Bovy, while James Allemby fell in the second qualifying round.
But it’s in Turkey where most of the interesting action is taking place, with Ewen looking to join sister Maia in the main draw, and not doing badly: Lumsden defeated Georgian Vazha Shubladze 6-3 6-2 in the first qualifying round, before a 6-4 6-3 victory over American Taylor Witt will see him go up against seeded Brazilian Gustavo Guerses in the final round. Meanwhile, fourth seed Imran Aswat and fellow Brit Matthew Chadwick also play in the final qualifying round, guaranteeing at least one British qualifier to join Maia, Francesca Stephenson and Jazzamay Drew in the main draw. Lisa Phillips is yet to play a qualifying match, and is still two wins away from the main draw.
Meanwhile, Luke Oakley and George Davies are also just one win away from main draw action this week, with Oakley requiring just a win over German 4th seed Paul Woerner in Croatia. Oakley, seeded 11th, beat Woerner in the first round here a few weeks back, and will be hoping to build on that head-to-head record when they meet again tomorrow. Jovana Knezevic and Martin Baker had less luck in qualifying in Croatia, though, both falling in the penultimate qualifying round.
Davies is the sole Brit in action at the $10k in Israel, and the seventh seed enjoyed a bye through the first round before a 6-3 6-0 victory over Guy Dagan of Israel set up a final clash with 13th seed Keivon Tabrizi of Switzerland in the final qualifying round. The Swiss 19-year-old has just a single ATP point to his name, and Davies should be able to navigate past the youngster.
Elsewhere, Farris Gosea still requires two victories to qualify for the event in Mexico, one of which should come later this evening, but for everyone else, it was bad news: Rhett Purcell fell at the first hurdle at the $25k in China, while Daniel Gunn and Zak Khan did the same at $10ks in Bulgaria and Spain respectively. Marcus Walters won one match in Portugal but couldn’t get any further, while young Max Stewart picked up a wildcard for qualifying in Spain and won once before also exiting. In Algeria, Dylan Gee enjoyed a bye through the first qualify round but withdrew before his final round match.
Players in green are still actively in contention. Players in red were beaten in the round indicated. Bold indicates a player is confirmed in the competition drawsheet for the round indicated.
R1: Katy Dunne (Japan $50k); Amanda Carreras (Italy $25k); Freya Christie, Harriet Dart (Korea $25k); Toby Martin (Croatia $10k); Scott Clayton, Jonny O’Mara, Billy Harris (Portugal $10k); Dan Dowson (Tunisia $10k); Francesca Stephenson, Maia Lumsden, Jazzamay Drew (Turkey $10k)
FQR: [q11] Luke Oakley (Croatia $10k); [q7] George Davies (Israel $10k); [q4] Imran Aswat, Ewen Lumsden, Matthew Chadwick (Turkey $10k); Francesca Jones (Tunisia $10k); [q5] Dylan Gee (Algeria $10k)
QR2: [q9] Farris Gosea (Mexico $10k); Lisa Phillips (Turkey $10k) Martin Baker, [q5] Jovana Knezevic (Croatia $10k); Marcus Walters (Portugal $10k); Max Stewart (Spain $10k); James Allemby (Tunisia $10k)
QR1: Rhett Purcell (China $25k); Daniel Gunn (Bulgaria $10k); Zak Khan (Spain $10k); [q1] Mirabelle Njoze (Tunisia $10k)