AUSSIE TOUR WRAP: FOURLIS CLAIMS SINGLES TITLE IN MADRID




[1] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) def Guiomar Maristany (ESP) 6-4, 6-2


Jaimee Fourlis has continued her incredible run of form at ITF level, taking out the 25K title in Madrid.


After claiming her first 60K trophy last week on clay, the Australian has backed up to win the Madrid title on hard courts.


Fourlis progressed through the draw in dominant fashion, dropping no more than six games in any of her five matches this week.


The 22-year-old has now won 20 consecutive sets over the past fortnight and is undoubtedly in the best form of her career.


It is Fourlis’ third singles title of 2022 and seventh of her career. Remarkably, she is still yet to be beaten in a professional singles final - now 7-0 overall.


Fourlis, who underwent shoulder surgery during 2020 and was off the tour for almost 18 months, is now the 5th highest ranked Australian woman and will likely move inside the WTA top 150 for the first time in her career.


[4] Jason Kubler (AUS) def by Wu Yibing (CHN) 7-6, 4-6, 1-3 (retired)


Jason Kubler has fallen just shy of a second consecutive ATP Challenger title, after being forced to retire in his final against China’s Wu Yibing.


Having won nine matches in a row coming into the decider, Kubler took the opening set in a tiebreak before an unfortunate illness didn’t allow him to carry out the match.


However, the 29-year-old has still enjoyed a career best month, initially being the last Australian man standing at Roland Garros before winning nine of his last ten matches on the American Challenger swing.


With his recent success, Kubler will rise back inside the ATP top 100 for the first time since October, 2018 – an incredible story of resilience after a series of knee injuries in the past few years.


[3] Jordan Thompson (AUS) def by [1] Dan Evans (GBR) 6-4, 6-4


Jordan Thompson has continued his brilliant form on the grass, reaching another ATP Challenger final in Nottingham.


After winning the Surbiton title last week – his first singles trophy since 2018 – Thompson again won his opening four matches of the event, including a strong victory over fellow Aussie Alexei Popyrin in the semi-finals.


The 28-year-old then fell to current world number 35 Dan Evans in the final, who is well and truly below his weight class playing at Challenger level.


After nearing the cusp of the top 100 earlier this month, Thompson has now solidified his place inside at number 70 and has found some strong grass court form ahead of another Wimbledon campaign.


Doubles:

ATP:


Matt Ebden and Max Purcell reached their third final of the year at the Libema Open, in Netherlands.


After winning deciding super tiebreaks in each of their three matches en route to the final, the duo fell 4-6, 7-5, [10-6] to the world’s best doubles pair in 2022 – Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski.


Ebden and Purcell are now up to number 7 in the 2022 ATP doubles race and are in the frame to reach the ATP finals in November.


WTA:


Ellen Perez, alongside partner Tamara Zidansek, won her fourth WTA title, also coming in the Netherlands.


Perez and Zidansek came up against top seeds Kudermetova and Mertens in the final, coming away with a tight 6-3, 5-7, [12-10] victory.


The Aussie has now risen to number 42 in the WTA doubles rankings, just shy of her career high 33.


ITF:


Australian duo Brandon Walkin and Matthew Romios reached their third consecutive ITF final, at the 15K event in Poland.


After winning the title last week, the pair were unable to replicate that success, falling 7-6(3), 7-5 in the final.