It was a slightly damp start to the 2019 Ilkley Trophy, but the crowd were still treated to a fantastic day of tennis.
It was a good start to the tournament for Brydan Klein, with the Brit beating Evgeny Karlovskiy 6-4, 1-6, 2-6. Fellow Brit Andrew Watson didn’t fare so well and was beaten by Croatian Viktor Galovic 6-4, 6-4. American Bjorn Fratangelo proved too much for Britain’s Ryan Peniston with a win of 7-5, 6-4. A thrilling match saw 19-year-old Paul Jubb from Yorkshire beat Belarusian Egor Gerasimov to huge cheers from the Ilkley crowd.
Over on court one, last year’s runner up Oscar Otte was one of the shocking losses of the day, with Australian Jason Kubler beating the German 6-4, 6-2. Japan’s Yuichi Sugita achieved a win of 1-6, 6-7 against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and USA’s Marcos Giron won in straight sets over Italian Filippo Baldi. The game between Ilkley returnee Liam Broady and Stefano Nepolitano reached a tie break at 6-6 before being suspended due to poor weather and will continue tomorrow morning.
The tournament didn’t get off to the best start for Britain’s women, with Holly Fischer losing 4-6, 2-6 to Italian Martina Di Giuseppe. Alicia Barnett lost out to Greek Valentini Grammatikopoulou after a long game finished 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-10, while another Brit, Amelia Rajecki lost a tough game to Ukrainian Katarina Yavatska 1-6, 0-6. Russian Valeria Savinykh and Paraguayan Veronica Cepede Royg were also victorious on court five.
On court three, Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova beat Belgian Kimberley Zimmermann in straight sets, while German Anna Zaja beat Australian Arina Rodionova also in straight sets. Robin Anderson beat her fellow American Asia Muhammed, while Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands was victorious over Australian Zoe Hives.