2:13 pm, 18th July, 2021

Women’s Final Live! Emily Appleton vs Sonay Kartal

Welcome to the Women’s final of Week 5 of the UK Pro League! League leader Emily Appleton takes on Sonay Kartal for the week 5 crown! Yesterday Appleton got through a tough first set to beat Millie Bissett. Kartal beat Grace Piper in straight sets to set up this clash!

Emily Appleton already has won 3 weeks of this years competition, winning weeks 1,2 and 4. Sonay Kartal is playing in her first Uk Pro League final!

Kartal to serve:

14:24 Kartal breaks serve 0-2

Kartal holds here opening game easily, she seems to be swinging hard from the get go here. The agrresive start pays off as she gets a break point thanks to an Appleton double fault. Another double fault! Back to back double faults from Appleton give Kartal the opening break in the final!

14:38 Appleton breaks 2-3 

This match is back on serve! A double fault at deuce give Appleton her third oppourtinity to get the break back. Appleton has to dig deep to stay in the rally but converts the break point with a massive forehand winner!

15:02 Kartal wins the first set 4-6

Uncharacteristically Appleton struggles on serve, she manages to defend the first set point but a double fault gives Kartal another chance. This time Appleton buts a ball into the net to give Kartal the lead!

15:11 Kartal breaks in the second set 4-6, 0-2 

Sonay Kartal is in a great position now. She is on top of the Appleton serve, getting a triple break point opportunity. She only needs the first to grab the lead in the second set.

15:28 Kartal Holds serve 4-6, 1-4

Somehow Kartal is able to hold under enormous pressure, she is just two games away from her maiden UKPL win!

15:46 Appleton breaks 4-6, 4-5 

What a time for a break! Appleton holds on in the game by breaking Kartal’s serve. She can serve to level this second set up. Lifeline for Appleton.

15:52 Sonay Kartal Wins Week 5 4-6, 4-6

Kartal has two match points in the very next game. Appleton defended one last game and she forces the error at 15-40 to defend another. She puts a forehand into the net in the next point to give Sonay Kartal the week 5 win! The 19-year-old has beaten the league leader!