18th January, 2022

Pools decided as Maloney, Whitehouse, McHugh and Stresnakova win | UKPLWK1, day 3

On a pivotal day 3 in the first week of the 2022 UK Pro League all 8 pool winners were decided as wins for McHugh, Maloney, Whitehouse and Stresnakova ensured they topped their groups.

Eliz Maloney, who played her first W25K final on Sunday, produced an amazing performance against Garland, defeating her 6-1, 6-3 and grabbing the top spot in pool B.

The 21-year-old in brilliant form imposed her solid game with a composed win over Garland, currently ranked almost 400 places higher than her. After a one-way first set, Garland showed more of her game in the second, yet failed to convert a break point at 4-2 that could have turned the match around.

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After a late win against Ryan Peniston, Alastair Gray managed to score two out of two in his pool stages by defeating Josh Paris 7-6(7), 7-5. Gray, who competed in the inaugural UK Pro Series in 2020, has set up a quarter-final showdown against Weightman. The 20-year-old, Weightman, lost at the championship tie-break against Whitehouse, in a match of many twists and turns. Whitehouse edged it 10-7 in the decider, showing a big variety of shots, including an incredible Murray-esque lob.


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The final match on Court 1 saw Stresnakova and Christie fighting over the top position in pool D, with Stresnakova overcoming Christie in a fascinating duel that went to a third set tiebreak. Christie, who came a set and 3 games down to force the match to the decider, couldn’t complete her brilliant comeback and will now face Maloney in the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, McHugh won comfortably against Hussey 6-4 6-4 who has now withdrawn from the tournament due to injury and Vasilescu beat 17-year-old Greatorex 6-2, 7-5, in a game that saw Vasilescu’s experience win over Greatorex in the end. There were also wins for Eden Silva and Henry Patten who both progress to the quarter-finals and will face Arina Vasilescu and Aidan McHugh respectively.

Full Day 3 results

  • Aidan McHugh vs Giles Hussey 6-4, 6-4
  • Alastair Gray vs Josh Paris 7-6₍₇₎, 7-5
  • Eliz Maloney vs Joanna Garland 6-1, 6-3
  • Arina Vasilescu vs Adeola Greatorex 6-1, 7-5
  • Mark Whitehouse vs Oscar Weightman 6-1, 3-6, 10-7
  • Henry Patten vs David Fox 6-2, 6-4
  • Eden Silva vs Lauryn John-Baptiste 6-2, 6-2
  • Katie Stresnakova vs Freya Christie 6-1, 4-6, 10-7

Quarter-final matches

  1. Matusevich vs Johnson
  2. Gray vs Weightman
  3. Bissett vs Kartal
  4. Silva vs Vasilescu
  5. Peniston vs Whitehouse
  6. Patten vs McHugh
  7. Christie vs Maloney
  8. Stresnakova vs Garland