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Mildura |Taylor wins in Australia

Down under, Gabriella Taylor claimed her third singles title of the year in Mildura, Australia, capping off a brilliant week on the grass.

As the top seed the Brit was expected to go deep into the event and the first round saw her up against Ramu Ueda, the Japanese player, who was no match for her, and she came through easily, 6-3 6-1.

In the second round Taylor took on Kaylah McPhee and the Australian pushed the Brit hard in the first set before she secured the one break of serve needed to take the lead.

The second set was much more comfortable for Taylor, who broke McPhee twice to claim the match in straight sets, 6-4 6-2.

The quarter-final saw the Brit face another Australian, Maddison Inglis, whom she dominated, breaking twice to take the set.

The Aussie mounted a fightback in the second and stayed close, but ultimately the Brit got the breakthrough at the end tomove on, 6-2 7-5.

It was in the semi-final that Taylor faced her toughest match and, fittingly, it was against the only other Brit in the event, the third seed and her doubles partner for the week, Katy Dunne.

The favourite got off to the better start, and broke in the first set to take the lead.

The second set saw the third seed, however, come back strongly to break Taylor and force the decider.

In the final set Taylor once again took control to dominate and secured her place in the final 6-4 5-7 6-2.

Taylor faced the second seed Shérazad Reix in the final and while the French player should have been able to keep the match close, it was the Brit who totally dominated the match.

Reix could not get a game on the board in the first set, and was broken in the second for Taylor to take the title, 6-0 6-3.




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