British wildcard Maia Lumsden continued her stunning run at the ITF W60 Shrewsbury, after a shock 6-3 6-4 victory over Kathinka von Deichmann.
The world number 344 needed just 1:16 to defeat her opponent, who is ranked well inside the top 200 and came into the tournament as eighth seed.
Lumsden got off to a flier, breaking her opponent’s serve twice to take a 5-1 lead. And despite being broken back, Lumsden was able to hold her nerve to serve out the opening set. From then on the Brit didn’t look back and broke von Deichmann’s serve early, before seeing through the rest of the match.
The Scot now stretches her incredible winning streak at the Shrewsbury Club to nine matches, after coming through qualifying to win the $25k title last November. She now faces top seed Yanina Wickmayer for a place in the final four.
Elsewhere, Jodie Burrage’s excellent run came to an end after the qualifier lost to second seed Tereza Smitkova 6-4 6-1. Burrage’s run will see her reach another career high ranking, in and around the top 350, on Monday.
British tennis results round-up
Staying with the women and Tara Moore has reached the second round of the W25 Trnava. The Brit eliminated lucky loser, Miriam Kolodziejova (who is incidentally ranked almost 200 places above Moore), 7-5 6-2. She next faces the experienced Denisa Allertova, in what is proving to be an extremely competitive draw in Slovakia.
Over in Monastir (W15), qualifier Sasha Hill came incredibly close to upsetting top seed Andrea Lazaro Garcia (WR 450), before losing 7-6 6-7 6-2 in just under three hours. Qualifier Samm Butler also lost out in Tunisia, falling to Irish eighth seed Peter Bothwell 5-7 6-1 6-4 in the M15 event.
In Barnstaple, plenty of Brits were in second round action as five became two at the M25 event. Lloyd Glasspool managed to get through the barrage of 24 aces served by Tobias Simon in a 7-6 6-4 victory to set up a quarter-final clash with fellow-Brit Richard Peniston. The wildcard caused a huge upset by eliminating fourth seed (and world number 372) Hugo Grenier 6-4 6-3.
Evan Hoyt came out of the blocks fast against top seed Antoine Escoffier, racing to a 6-1 lead, but was unable to complete the upset, losing 1-6 6-2 6-2. Fellow wildcard Anton Matusevic also fell just short against third seed Benjamin Hassan, losing 4-6 6-2 7-6. Jack Draper, meanwhile, was unable to secure back-to-back victories, losing to Tim Van Rijthoven 6-2 6-4.