The most recent tournament to be held was the Nottingham Open, also known as the Nature Valley Open, in Nottingham, England. The tournament is played on outdoor grass courts and the weather certainly proved to be a big factor in the tournament and results. As can sometimes be expected in the UK, rain was a constant challenge for players and spectators and the conditions proved to be too much for many of the men's and women's top contenders for the title.
On the men's side, it was local hero Daniel Evans who claimed victory in the competition and secured his second title in as many weeks, extending his win streak to 10 straight with an impressive win over Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(3), 6-3. The win gave the 29-year-old a historic grass-court double, having also triumphed in Surbiton a week ago. He joins Yen-Hsun Lu as the only players to win consecutive Challenger titles on grass in the past 20 years. Lu went back-to-back in Surbiton and Iikley in 2016. The unrelenting rain interrupted play every day of the week, including a total washout on Monday and a move indoors from Tuesday through Friday. And with a WTA Tour event also taking place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, it was a mad scramble throughout the week
On the women's side No. 1 seed Caroline Garcia of France claimed her first title of the season after defeating No.2 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia, 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4), in Sunday’s scintillating championship final.
"I’m very happy and very proud of all of the week, and the way I fought today on court," Garcia said, after her win. "The first set was tough for me, she was starting very well, but I knew there was only one way to go, and it was by fighting. I didn’t know if I was going to get the win, but I really wanted to fight hard, and try to get the experience and enjoy it, and I definitely did a lot."
World No.28 Garcia, who had finished off her semifinal victory over Jennifer Brady just hours before on Sunday, recovered from quickly losing the first set to outlast 2017 Nottingham champion Vekic after two hours and 36 minutes of play. Garcia eked back ahead to a 4-3 head-to-head lead in her gripping rivalry with Vekic. In her Nottingham tournament debut, Garcia claimed the seventh WTA singles title of her career, and her second trophy at a grass-court event, following her victory at Mallorca in 2016. To see the highlights from the women's final please see the video link below.
On the men's side, the players next head to the famous Queen's Club tournament in London which in the past has been a strong indicator of potential Wimbledon champions to come. For the women, they travel to Birmingham to compete in what is a strong and competitive field of players.
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