The sun shone on a perfectly conditioned Day three at the LTA’s Ilkley Trophy. With both men’s and women’s main draw action well underway, it was Daniel Cox and Ranah Stoiber that led the charge for British players.
I started the match off really well with my serves and I feel like that kept me in it and I just flew right through it to be honest Ranah Stoiber
Stoiber, an LTA National Academy Scholar, came through qualifying and is playing her first ever ITF W100 event. The 17-year-old from Middlesex beat American Jamie Loeb 7-6(5) 6-3 to book her place in the second round, where she will face Ukrainian fourth seed Daria Snigur.
“Yeah, it was quite a big win. She’s a high ranked player. I felt like I had no pressure, so I just went out there and did my thing. I started the match off really well with my serves and I feel like that kept me in it and I just flew right through it to be honest,” Stoiber said.
Cox, who initially retired from professional tennis in 2017 before making his comeback in 2020, defeated Broom in two tight sets 7-6(1) 7-6(1) to advance to the second round of the ATP Challenger event.
“I mean it was really difficult. We both know each other very well and yeah, I think we are both playing very good tennis at the moment. We were going toe-to-toe and I think it was a really exciting match to be involved in and yeah just really pleased to come through it in a tight one.”
Elsewhere on the pristine grass courts of Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, an upset occurred in the men’s draw as Portuguese world no.128 Nuno Borges knocked out Australian top seed Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-5.
British players Felix Gill, Aidan McHugh and Anna Brogan lost in the first round despite putting up strong fights against high calibre opponents.