There is plenty of home interest on Court 1 at the University of Bath Sports Training Village on Thursday as the Aegon GB Pro-Series tennis tournament reaches its latter stages.
Team Bath MCTA’s Lisa Whybourn (pictured left) is first on court as she looks to reach the last eight of the women’s $25k competition.
Both will also contest their doubles competitions in the afternoon, with Gabb and partner Scott Clayton – the number one seeds – looking to book their place in the final.
Whybourn made the most of her wildcard entry to the women’s singles main draw by recording an impressive 6-3 6-4 victory over number eight seed Dia Evtimova of Bulgaria on Wednesday.
University of Bath student Emma Hurst, who had battled through two qualifying rounds to reach the last 32, saw her excellent run ended by number two seed Ana Vrljic, the Croatian winning 6-0 6-1.
The only other British player to join Whybourn in the last 16 was Freya Christie, whose reward for a 6-4 6-2 win over Greece’s Despina Papamichail is a meeting with Italy’s Alice Matteuci on Court 2.
Christie is also Whybourn’s partner in the women’s doubles and they showed great spirit to beat the number three seeds – Belgium’s Elyne Boeykens and Nora Niedmers of Germany – 2-6 6-2 10-4 on Wednesday. They will now face Dutch duo Indy De Vroome and Arantxa Rus in the quarter-finals.
The men’s $15k singles competition saw all seven remaining seeds win their matches on Wednesday, meaning the standard of play promises to be extremely high in the quarter-finals.
Gabb eased to a 6-1 6-4 win over Jonny O’Mara on Wednesday and will be looking to continue his fine form against number six seed Barry.
The Team Bath MCTA player had to dig deep to reach the men’s doubles semi-finals with Clayton after a battle against Belgium’s Joris De Loore and Michael Geerts. The Brits lost the first set 6-1 but took the second 7-6 before winning the decisive third-set tie-break 10-7.
Gabb and Clayton will now face fellow Brits Lloyd Glasspool and Joshua Ward-Hibbert for a place in the final.
In total, 18 matches will take place at the Sports Training Village on Thursday, with the action getting under way at 10am.