After more than a month away, the fourth week of the 2022 UK Pro League has started at the University of Warwick, with straight sets wins for Cox, Maloney, Stresnakova and Recci.
The opening day of Week 4 started with a speedy win from Dan Cox over UKPL debutant Roan Jones 6-0,6-1, taking that momentary top spot of Pool B. Cox, who won the M25 ITF event in Bath earlier this year, looked confident on court and definitely determined to win his first week at the 2022 UKPL.
The second match on Court 1 saw the long-awaited return of Maia Lumsden after more than 18-months of absence from the courts. The 24-year-old Glaswegian player battled a tough encounter against Marni Banks and managed to come back from a set down to push it all the way to the championship tie-break. Yet after 2h30mins it was the 19-year-old to come out on top, winning 7-6(5), 5-7, 11-9 and imposing efficiently her great serve game (11 aces in the match) on Lumsden who was only able to convert 4 break points out of 14.
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Over on Court 2, both Felix Mischker and James MacKinlay managed to come back from a set down and turn around their matches against Ying Hou and Tom Hands respectively. Mischker will be back in action tomorrow against Billy Harris trying to retain the top spot of Pool A.
Recci, Maloney and Stresnakova all took maximum points for straights sets wins and as the highest seed in their pools, they will be looking to progress having set the early pace.
Full Day 1 results
Dan Cox bt Roan Jones 6-0, 6-1
Felix Mischker bt Ying Hou 6(3)-7, 6-2, 10-5
Marni Banks bt Maia Lumsden 7-6(5), 5-7, 11-9
Eliz Maloney bt Jizel Fernandes 6-3, 6-1
Mason Recci bt Matt Doe 6-1, 6-4
James MacKinlay bt Tom Hands 1-6, 7-5, 10-8
Katie Stresnakova bt Eleonor Scarff 6-2, 6-1
Kate Mansfield bt Adeola Greatorex 7-6(2), 4-6, 10-4