Team Bath tennis players one win away from home final in Aegon GB Pro-Series

12 November 2015

Team Bath MCTA’s Richard Gabb is one win away from reaching the Aegon GB Pro-Series men’s singles final after serving up another treat for home fans at the University of Bath on Thursday.

The 23-year-old (pictured) overcame Ireland’s Sam Barry 6-4 2-6 7-5 in front of an appreciative crowd at the Sports Training Village on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the $15k tournament.

Standing between him and Saturday’s final is Germany’s Mat Moraing, who beat number one seed Tom Kocevar-Desman of Slovenia 6-4 6-1.

Friday’s other semi-final will be between the number two and three seeds, Belgium’s Joris De Loore and Canada’s Filip Peliwo respectively.

De Loore overcame compatriot Michael Geerts 6-2 6-3, while Peliwo – a former Wimbledon and US Open junior champion – came from behind to beat Britain’s Luke Bambridge 1-6 7-5 6-3.

Peliwo, partnered by Sam Barry, was victorious against Bambridge again in the men’s doubles semi-final, beating him and Jonny O’Mara 7-5 6-4.

There was disappointment for Gabb and partner Scott Clayton in the other semi as they went down 6-4 6-1 to fellow Brits Lloyd Glasspool and Joshua Warb-Hibbert.

The final will take place on Court 1 on Friday afternoon, after the conclusion of the two men’s semi-finals.

There is still plenty of home interest in the women’s doubles after Team Bath MCTA’s Lisa Whybourn and partner Freya Christie beat Dutch duo Indy De Vroome and Arantxa Rus 6-3 0-6 10-6 in a rollercoaster quarter-final.

Team Bath Tennis player Sarah Beth Askew and partner Olivia Nicholls are also through to Friday’s semi-finals after their 6-2 7-5 win over fellow Brits Emily Arbuthnott and Ema Lazic.

Whybourn’s progress in the doubles provided some consolation for her earlier 6-3 6-3 defeat to Georgia’s Mariam Bolkvadze in the last 16 of the $25k women’s singles.

That means Christie, her doubles partner, is the only remaining Brit in the competition after her 6-4 7-5 win over Italian number eight seed Alice Matteucci.

With only three seeds left in the draw, Friday’s quarter-finals promise to deliver more exciting and intriguing matches.

The action gets under way at 11am and entry to spectators is free once again.

Live scoring is available at and the full order of play can be found at, along with the results so far.

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