Scott Griekspoor and Paula Badosa Gibert are the 2018 Scottish champions following Sunday’s conclusion to the GB Pro-series Scottish Championships at Scotstoun Leisure Centre in Glasgow.
There was a large support down at Scotstoun for Finals Day on Sunday, with University of Stirling student Maia Lumsden in the Women’s Final.
Maia, a wildcard for the tournament, reached the final after a number of strong wins against higher ranked opposition. First up was fellow Brit Jodie Anna Burrage who she beat 7-6, 6-4. In the last 16, Maia had without doubt her best win of her career, beating the 6th seed Kathinka Von Deichmann who is currently ranked 335 places above Maia in the rankings at 189, 6-2, 6-3. In both the Quarter-final and semi-final, Maia then showed her fighting spirit to battle back from a set down to win both matches, beating Camilla Rosatello (2-6, 6-3, 6-1) and Chloe Paquet (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) respectively.
Her opponent in the final, Paula Badosa Gibert, had a number of battling performances herself, which included a tough Quarter-final against Tereza Smitkova (CZE) who she beat in a very tight 3rd set tie break and also coming from a set down to beat fellow Spaniard Georgina Garcia-Perez in the semi-final.
The final was played at a fast pace with Maia getting off to the perfect start, breaking Paula’s first service game, which led to her taking the first set 6-2. Momentum then swung the way of Badosa Gibert, a former junior French Open winner (2015) who has recently changed her coach to the experienced Alejo Mancisidor, the coach whom Garbine Muguruza jumped to stardom with when she reached the Wimbledon final in 2015. Badosa Gibert took the second set 6-1, to set up an exciting finale. Badosa Gibert then carried on her strong showing from the second set to take the third and the title, winning 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. The result was not shying away from Maia's brilliant performances throughout the tournament, who in terms of rankings, was punching well above her weight.
Paula commented on her win saying, “I am very happy, because this is the first tournament of the year and I have been working very hard in the pre-season. I have changed my team, and I am very happy and motivated for the next one.
It was a tricky final, because she has been playing very good, she came from winning good matches and her game was very difficult for me, because she makes me move a lot and I was a little bit tired. But finally I turned the match around and I am happy.”
In the Men’s final, played earlier in the day, 4th seed Scott Griekspoor (NED) took the title with a 6-1, 7-5 win over 3rd seed Yannick Mertens (BEL).
Commenting on his victory, Scott said, “It’s great. First tournament, first win of 2018. I think I have come here for the last seven years and I really like it. Everything is good; the organisation, the courts, the facilities, the city is nice - so I’m pleased.
I think this is one of the best Future events to be honest that I have ever played. There were a lot of people here for a futures final which is unbelievable”.
In the Men’s Doubles, Matthias Haim (AUT) and Jakob Sude (GER) were the victors with a 6-3, 6-7, [10-6] victory over British pair Marcus Willis and Neil Pauffley. There were other notable results for Scottish players Jacob Fearnley, Connor Thomson and Scott Duncan who all reached the semi-final stage.
Juniors Jacob and Connor managed to defeat the top seeds in a tight 3rd set tie break in the Quarter-finals; however they were then on the receiving end of a tight 3rd set tie break in the all British semi-final against Willis and Pauffley. Scott Duncan, who teamed up with Jonathan Binding, beat the 2nd seeds in the first round, but then lost out to the eventual winners Haim & Sude in a close 3rd set tie break 10-8 in the semi-finals.
The Women’s Doubles was won by Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) and Valentini Grammatikopoulou (GRE). The pair were very strong throughout the competition, beating Dalma Galfi (HUN) and Katarzyna Piter (POL) 7-5, 6-4 to lift the trophy.
The event helped to provide a platform for up and coming local talent with no fewer than 11 Scottish players involved in action throughout the week and in the process, gaining invaluable experience at the professional level.
Many of the Presidents or representatives from tennis clubs across Scotland attended the final day of action, with the brilliant tennis on offer the day also provided a great opportunity to meet and socialise with the Tennis Scotland team. There was also action from the 11U pathway players on the adjacent courts with teams from Aberdeen, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh taking part. Congratulations to the team from Stirling who won on the day – Charlie Robertson, Nicholas Bradley, Carys Gibb and Amy Hudson.
Full results can be found at:
Mens - GB F1 Futures
Womens - $25,000 Glasgow