14th November, 2021

Finals Preview: Who will lift the Golden Pineapples?

After 10 weeks of enthralling action, the finals of the UK Pro League 2021 are here. Who will come out on top and join Emma Raducanu and Liam Broady as champions and lift the Golden Pineapples.

Matusevich vs Patten (14:00)

In the men’s final two unbeaten players will fight it out in front of a sold out Shrewsbury Club. Henry Patten came into finals week of the back of his first win at the ITF level in the US. The 25-year-old defeated Dan Cox in sublime style in the semi-final. His unstoppable left-handed ground strokes have earned him 4 straight wins this week and if he makes it 5 he will be crowned champion of the UK Pro League.

Anton Matusevich has been the front runner all week and said it himself that his goal was the final. He is there now but will want to go one step further and win the tournament. The British No.11 has been untouchable so far and got to the final without dropping a set all week. He brushed aside both Julian Cash and Giles Hussey on his way to the final.

The finalists have played twice this year, both matches in Week 3 including the final. Matusevich came out better off in both matches to secure the week 3 crown but Patten will be looking for revenge in Shrewsbury.

Kartal vs Christie (15:30)

Two stalwarts of the UK Pro League this year clash in the hotly anticipate final of the women’s competition.

Sonay Kartal (Below) won three weeks in a row as she hit red-hot form midway through the 10-weeks of the Pro League this year. Her path to the final was blocked by two wild cards in Beth Grey and Lily Miyazaki with a massive gap in WTA ranking in both matches. Other players would have been intimidated by the names but Sonay was able to sweep through the competition and secure her place in the final.

Freya Christie (Below) qualified in 5th place after consistently challenging throughout the Pro League. At a venue that she describes as “Almost a second home’ Christie has been brilliant all week. Since losing to Lily Miyazaki (Who Sonay Kartal defeated in the quarter-finals) in the group stage, Christie has not put a foot wrong as she dumped Katie Stresnakova and wildcard entree Eden Silva out of the competition.

The two have not faced off this year but came close in Week 3 where Sonay withdrew from their 3rd/4th playoff match. It promises to be a hotly contested match between two players in some of the best form of their lives.

You can watch the finals and all other matches on the Tennis Channel, BT Sport Extra, UK Pro League TV and FreeSports.

FreeSports content is only available to view in the UK. The channel can be viewed on many different TV platforms including Sky TV (channel 422), Freeview (channel 64), Virgin (channel 553), Freesat (channel 252), TalkTalk TV (channel 64) and BT TV (channel 64).