By Glenys Furness
- Naiktha Bains made the semi-final in Darwin
- Brit was the second seed
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – Bains Naiktha entered the ITF event and was the second seed. The Brit reached the semifinals before losing to the fourth seed.
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naiktha Bains entered the ITF event in Darwin, the Briton was the second seed. In the first round Bains was up against Lily Fairclough. The seed dominated from the beginning. Bains had little trouble in the match, as Fairclough struggled to hold on to the serve. Bains went into the second round in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
The second round saw Bains against Nanari Katsumi. The Japanese stayed with the Brit in the first set, before Bains got a break in serve and took the lead. The second set saw Katsumi dominate and level up in the match. In the final set, the Brit regrouped and dominated Katsumi to win the match 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
In the quarterfinals, the Brit faced the fifth seed Momoko Kobori. The pair went toe-to-toe in the first set, and it looked like a tiebreak was about to happen. However, Bains secured the vital serve break right at the end of the set to take the lead. The second set was equally contested, with the Briton and Kobori close. Eventually, a tiebreak followed. Bains dominated the break and won the match in straight sets 7-5, 7-6(2).
The semi-final saw the Brit against the fourth seed Highlight Álava. The Australian dominated the first set and took the lead. The second set saw Bains try to mount a fight back. The Brit stayed close to Alava, but the fourth seed broke right at the end of the set to win the match 6-2, 7-5.
Challenger and ITF Round Up
Ryan Peniston was defeated by Dominic Thiem in the second round at Rennes 6-3, 6-4.
Paul Jubb was defeated by Harold Mayot in the first round in Istanbul 6-3, 5-7, 6-0.
Alastair Gray was defeated by Geoffrey Blancaneaux in the second round in Istanbul 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Henry Patten was defeated by Shang Jun-Cheng in the first round at Cary 7-5, 7-6.
Daniel Cox was defeated by Michael Mmoh in the first round on Cary 6-0, 6-3.
Aiden McHugh was defeated by Tennys Sandgren in the first round at Cary 6-4, 6-2.
Yuriko Lily Miyazaki was defeated by Eden Silva in the first round in Caldas da Rainha 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Eden Silva was defeated by Olga Helmi in the second round in Caldas Da Rainha 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.
Yujiro Onuma was defeated by Diogo Morais in the first round in Sintra 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5).
Harry Wendelken was defeated by Lucas Potenza in the quarter-finals in Sintra 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Anna Brogan was defeated by French Madeleine in the first round in Le Neubourg 7-5, 6-0.
Sarah Beth Gray was defeated by Harmony Size in the first round in Le Neubourg 6-2, 6-0.
Sonay Kartal was defeated by Jaqueline Adina Cristian in the first round at Le Neubourg 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Freya Christie was defeated by Harmony Tam in the second round at Le Neubourg 6-1, 6-3.
Sean Hodkin was defeated by Antoine Hoang in the quarterfinals in Plaisir 6-1, 7-6(7).
Iman Khan was defeated by Ariadna Briones Ginesta in the first round in Melilla 6-2, 6-1.
Jizel Matos Sequeira Fernandes was defeated by Giorgia Pinto in the first round in Melilla 6-3, 6-2.
Luke Simkiss was defeated by Alberto Romero de Avila Senise in the first round in Madrid 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Blu Baker was defeated by Kosuke Ogura in the second round in Cancun 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Abigail Amos was defeated by Chiraz Bechri in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 6-3.
Luc Koenig was defeated by Cyril Vandermeersch in the second round at Monastir 6-1, 6-4.
Eleanor Baglow was defeated by Sara Akid in the first round in Casablanca 6-3, 6-4.
Next week, the Brits play in Metz, San Diego, Sibiu, Columbus, Australia, Czech Republic, USA, Seoul, Slovenia, Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Egypt.