Day four, ladies day, at the LTA’s Ilkley Trophy was filled with heartbreak as the last Brits standing made their exit.
Katie Swan fell in a close three set match on centre court (3-6, 6-4, 7-5) against the 2018 Ilkley champion, Tereza Smitkova (Cze). The 20 year-old from Bristol led 5-0 in the final set and had three match points against defending champion Tereza Smitkova only to lose 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the last 16 of the $100,000 ITF Women’s Futures tournament.
British wild card Swan did little wrong on her match points in the 10th game of the final set, but her opponent from the Czech Republic was just too good.
A packed crowd watched as their Yorkshire favourite Paul Jubb couldn’t continue his winning streak against the #9 seed Dennis Novak (Aut), 6-3, 6-2.
“I’m very skinny. I can definitely improve on my physicality but that’s a thing that takes time. I just have to keep going at it,” he said.
“There’s a lot of disappointment to be fair. It was a Yorkshire crowd and as an East Yorkshire boy I felt the love but I never got to the stage where I could fully get into the match.
2017 Ilkley champion Magdalena Rynarikova (Svk) missed out on a return to the finals following a convincing defeat by Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra). Centre court also saw action from 6thseed Marcel Granollers (Esp) who defeated Gregoire Barrere (Fra), seeded 11th, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
There was success too for top seed Ugo Humbert (Fra) who defeated Soonwoo Kwon 6-2, 7-5 on court one and the remaining ladies seed, #3 Anna Blinkova (Rus) over Martina Di Giuseppe (Ita) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Closing out the day in style was the doubles pairing of Marcus Daniell (Nzl) and Leander Paes (Ind) who took Australian duo Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith to a tie break, winning 7-6, 6-7, 7-10.