Tursunov puts paid to last British hope of singles finalist

26 March 2011

Dmitry Tursunov of Russia will face Andreas Beck of Germany in tomorrow’s final of the AEGON ATP Challenger tournament at the University of Bath – an all-time first encounter for the duo.

Beck, seeded six and world ranked 135, won his semi-final today in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 against Jurgen Zopp of Estonia.

Tursunov, a former top 20 player who is seeded third and world-ranked 100, beat Britain’s Dan Evans by a comfortable 6-3,6-2 scoreline, putting paid to Britain’s last hope of a singles finalist.

Tursunov, serving more powerfully than earlier in the week, closed out today’s game with two consecutive aces and always looked the more dominant and consistent player.

Evans mixed the pace to disrupt the Russian’s rhythm with a series of floated backhands, but could not get as close as their last encounter at Queen’s Club in 2010 which went to three sets.

Tursunov said:  “Today at the important points I think I played well. Although the margin looked big on the scoreline there were a lot of games that were very close.  It was a tough match and I made some silly mistakes when I had a bit of an advantage.

“He’s a pretty tricky player to play.  He hits the ball very big but has a good defensive slice which is a pretty hard shot to attack.

“He has a big golf bag full of shots and as he gets more experienced he will learn when to select each one better”.

Beck, who beat top seed Nicholas Mahut in the quarter-finals in Bath, reached a career high of 33 in 2009 and like Tursunov is battling his way back up the rankings.  The winner’s prize is $6,150.

“He’s a lefty and serves very well”, said Tursunov of his opponent.  “He hits the ball pretty big.  I think it will come down to who can be consistent.  I need to make the right moves and not zone out”.

Entry to tomorrow’s finals session at the University of Bath Sporting Training Village (http://www.bath.ac.uk/about/gettinghere/) is free of charge to spectators.

Polish qualifier Marta Domachowska, meanwhile, is having a good week in Bath. She followed up her runners-up slot in the doubles final yesterday by reaching tomorrow’s women’s singles final where she will meet Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland.

Domachowska beat Claire Feuerstein of France in today’s semi-finals 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 in a hard-hitting battle. Voegele dispatched Elitsa Kostova of Bulgaria 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

Today’s men’s doubles final also features Germany’s Andreas Beck in tandem with Yves Allegro of Switzerland. They face British Davis Cup player Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray for the $2,650 prize.

For further information contact the Team Bath Press Office at Matchtight Ltd on (01225) 383518 or (for this weekend) 07831 755351 or press@matchtight.co.uk


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