Ilkley Trophy: Naiktha Bains hopes to benefit from the comforts of home Yorkshire News

The 24-year-old had to navigate difficult conditions and a slow start to stage a comeback in the first set after having her serve broken in the first game.

Bains tied the set at 4-4 and won four points in a row in a tie break to seal the first set before a convincing performance in the second set to earn his place in the final qualifying round.

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After clinching victory in less than two hours, Bains said, “It was about who best dealt with the conditions and adapted to them, and I feel like that’s what I did well today.

Naiktha Bains in action at Wimbledon in 2019. Image: Adam Davy/PA

“I just accepted the fact that it’s not going to be good tennis, so I did what I could and I’m happy to get the win.

“This is a home tournament for me.

“Staying home, driving 30 minutes to the club, is something you love as a tennis player.

“I love this tournament and this club so I’m glad he’s back this year because we’ve missed him in the last couple of years.”

Bains will face fellow Brit Ranah Akua Stoiber, who landed one of the shots from day one, in the final qualifying round.

The 17-year-old from Middlesex beat France’s Elsa Jacquemot in straight sets. Jacquemot, ranked 215th in the world, was the top seed in the women’s qualifying draw.

Scotland’s Maia Lumsden made it three Britons in the women’s qualifying final by beating sixth-seeded Brazilian Gabriela Ce comfortably 6-3, 6-1 on Center Court.

There was more British success in qualifying for the men’s ATP Challenger event, as 24-year-old Charles Broom was one of three wild cards to beat seeded France.

Broom, ranked No. 444, beat former World No. 6 and 2015 Wimbledon quarter-finalist Gilles Simon 6-4 6-1.

Lincoln’s Dan Cox made progress against fourth seed Geoffrey Blancaneaux when the World No. 181 was forced to retire with injury at 6-6 in the second set after Cox took the first 6-3.

Twenty-one-year-old Anton Matusevich from Kent completed the British hat-trick against 12th seed Antoine Hoang.

The 2018 US Open men’s doubles champion won in straight sets 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 against the French ranked more than 200 places higher to set up a meeting with Belgium’s world number 168 Zizou Bergs.

World number 100 Alexei Popyrin sailed through two hard-fought sets against Germany’s Mats Rosenkranz.

The Australian, who is the top seed for the men’s qualifying tournament, beat his 352-ranked opponent 7-6 (7-2) 7-5 to avoid becoming the seventh seed to go down on day one.

At the WTA Tour event in Nottingham, the title went to Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated Alison Riske 6-4 1-6 6-3.

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