Monday, 22/1/2018 | 12:13 UTC+0

Week 21 ITFs: Dunne, Christie, Taylor All Through at $25k R1s

Freya Christie, Katy Dunne and Gabi Taylor are all successfully through to the second round of three different $25k events in Korea, Japan and Uzbekistan respectively in an excellent day for our young female players. Over in the Men’s draws, though, there wasn’t a huge amount to smile about, with several Brits tumbling in qualifying or the first round.

With all three ladies looking to make an impact on the $25k circuit as they all head towards the top 300, it was three from three today (with Harriet Dart playing in Korea tomorrow) as Taylor and Christie came through relatively comfortably while Katy Dunne was pushed all the way in her first round match.

Dunne, who is seeded seventh at the ‘grass’ court event in Japan this week, was drawn against Tori Kinard of the United States in the first round, and saved three set points, serving at 0-40, in the first set before edging past the Yank 7-6(3) 4-6 6-4. Dunne’s second round opponent hasn’t been decided yet, but it’s either a Japanese qualifier or a Japanese wildcard: either way, hugely winnable games and a chance for Dunne to make the quarters.

Christie, seeded 8th in Korea, beat Olivia Tjandramulia of Australia 6-3 6-4, securing six breaks of serve from nine opportunities to ease through to the second round. Christie could face Fatma Al Nabhani, the Omanian whom Harriet Dart beat last week, in the second round. Meanwhile, Dart faces Korean qualifier Ju-Eun Kim tomorrow morning in her first round match.

In Uzbekistan, Taylor’s trip has already borne fruit after she was drawn against an unranked Uzbek qualifier Jamilya Sadykzhanova, and promptly demolished the local player 6-0 6-0. Taylor’s next test is likely to be much tougher, as she faces the third seed Valeriya Strakhova of Ukraine. The Ukrainian is in pretty dire form, though, having lost five straight matches before her first round victory earlier today.

Three Brits are through to the second round of $10k events: last week’s runner-up Farris Gosea earned a special exempt for his efforts and as such direct entrance into this week’s main draw in Mexico. He has already reaped the rewards, coming past Mexican wildcard Alejandro Trevino 6-0 6-0 to book his place in the second round. In qualifying here, Samuel Beddow fell in the first qualifying round.

Once again, 15-year-old Francesca Jones has won a senior main draw match in Tunisia, and this is some scalp she’s claimed today. The Brit needed just the one win from qualifying to reach the main draw, and against seventh seed Emmanuelle Salas she wasn’t given much hope. But the youngster did magnificently to fight back from a set and a break down 2-0 in the second, and once again from 3-1 down in the third to win her second consecutive first round match, and pick up her tenth victory from twelve matches. Good stuff from the teenager. Her success wasn’t matched by her elders, though, as Dan Dowson and wildcard James Allemby both fell in round one.

The other first round winner today was Billy Harris, taking part in the $10k hard court event in Portugal. Harris has shown some promising results recently and despite a lengthy break after retiring injured at a clay court event back in February, the Brit made a successful return to the court today with a 6-2 7-5 victory over Portuguese wildcard Francisco Cabral. Next up for the Brit is fifth seeded Spaniard Jorge Hernando Ruano. In qualifying here, Marco Wright lost in the first qualifying round.

Elsewhere, the news was all bad. Ewen Lumsden had once again made the main draw through qualifying for the $10k in Turkey, but couldn’t win a second successive main draw first round match in Anatolia after losing 6-4 6-1 to fellow qualifier Seungri Choi of Korea. Sister Maia, as well as fellow qualifiers Imran Aswat and Suzy Larkin are still to play their first round matches, as are Jazzamay Drew and Francesca Stephenson. Jamie Praditngam and Matthew Chadwick both fell in the final round of qualifying.

In other first round action, qualifier Matthew Brooklyn couldn’t pick up his first ATP point after losing in the first round in Guam, while George Davies, who also came through qualifying, was victim to American Quinton Vega in the first round in Israel.

In the other qualifying action, Rhett Purcell made the final round of the $25k in China but no further, while Dylan gee pulled out of his final qualifying round match in Algeria. In Bulgaria, Daniel Gunn won one match before falling in the second qualifying round, while in Spain, Enrique Vidal, Zak Khan and wildcard Roberto Preka all failed to come through qualifying.

R2: Freya Christie (Korea $25k); Katy Dunne (Japan $25k); Gabi Taylor (Uzbekistan $25k); Billy Harris (Portugal $10k); [SE] Farris Gosea (Mexico $10k), [Q] Francesca Jones (Tunisia $10k)
R1: Harriet Dart (Korea $25k); [Q] Imran Aswat, [Q] Suzy Larkin, Jazzamay Drew, Maia Lumsden, Francesca Stephenson, [Q] Ewen Lumsden (Turkey $10k); [Q] Matthew Brooklyn (Guam $10k) [Q] George Davies (Israel $10k); Dan Dowson, [WC] James Allemby (Tunisia $10k); 

FQR: Rhett Purcell (China $25k); Dylan Gee (Algeria $10k); Jamie Praditngam, Matthew Chadwick (Turkey $10k)
QR2: Daniel Gunn (Bulgaria $10k); Enrique Vidal, Zak Khan (Spain $10k)
QR1: Samuel Beddow (Mexico $10k); Marco Wright (Portugal $10k); [qWC] Roberto Preka (Spain $10k)


25-year-old University of St Andrews graduate with a rather insane passion for British Tennis. Boston United fan (don't ask). Favourite tennis player: the Brummie bunch - Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.


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