Former Grand Slam junior champion Filip Peliwo lifts $15k men’s singles title at University of Bath

14 November 2015

Former Wimbledon and US Open junior champion Filip Peliwo has followed in the footsteps of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut by winning the Aegon GB Pro-Series $15k men’s singles title at the University of Bath.

Peliwo, the number three seed from Canada, battled back brilliantly from losing the first set to beat Germany’s Mats Moraing 2-6 6-1 6-2 at the Sports Training Village on Saturday.

After his second title win of 2015, Peliwo said: “It has not been the best of years for me but it is nice to finish it with a title. I have had a good week and really enjoyed being in Bath.”

Moraing had reached the final by overcoming number one seed Tom Kocevar-Desman of Slovenia in the last eight before ending the run of Team Bath MCTA’s Richard Gabb in the semi-finals, winning 6-4 6-7 6-0.

Peliwo, who also runner-up at the Australian and French Opens during his outstanding junior career, was contesting his second final in as many days at the University of Bath.

He and Ireland’s Sam Barry missed out on the men’s doubles title to Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and Joshua Ward-Hibbert, who won Friday’s final 6-4 3-6 10-2.

Sarah Beth Askew and Olivia Nicholls won the women's doubles title at the Aegon GB Pro-Series in 2015
Sarah Beth Askew and Olivia Nicholls won the women’s doubles title on Saturday

There were a couple of familiar faces in the women’s doubles final on Saturday, with former Team Bath Tennis player Sarah Beth Askew and partner Olivia Nicholls coming from behind to claim the title.

Team Bath MCTA’s Lisa Whybourn and partner Freya Christie – who had won their three previous doubles finals this year – took the first set 6-1 but Askew and Nicholls won the second 6-4 before winning the tie-break 10-2.

An entertaining week of competition will conclude on Sunday with the $25k women’s singles final between the top two seeds – Ana Bodgan of Romania and Croatia’s Ana Vrljic.

Bogdan’s semi-final was cut short as opponent Gioia Barbieri of Italy retired with an injury after losing the first four games.

Vrljic had to work hard to book her place in the final, eventually beating Italy’s Jasmine Paolini 2-6 6-4 6-4.

The final will start at 10.30am on Sunday and entry is free to spectators.

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