Norfolk’s Richard Bloomfield bows out in Bournemouth semis against Andrew Fitzpatrick
Norfolk professional Richard Bloomfield reached the semi-final of the Bournemouth $10k futures event, losing to Andrew Fitzpatrick from Warwickshire 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Bloomfield, who turned 29 last week, had three wins en route to the semi-final, but could not overturn Fitzpatrick who has been on a great run of form in recent weeks.
The 23-year-old has just reached a career high ranking of 540 after his first ITF career title in Israel and showed great confidence all week and throughout his match with the Norfolk man.
After dropping the first set, Bloomfield fought back to win the second with some trademark winners, but Fitzpatrick's consistency proved the difference in the end.
A first round win against qualifier Keelan Oakley set the ball rolling for Bloomfield and he never looked troubled during a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win.
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Marcus Willis of Berkshire provided a sterner test for the second-seeded Bloomfield after taking the first set 6-4 and forcing a tie-break in the second.
The man from Alpington steadied the ship and won the tie-break 7-5 to send the match into a decider where a pair of breaks gave him a comfortable lead as Willis lost his way. Bloomfield progressed into the quarter-final 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
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A first career meeting with 19-year-old Toby Martin proved to be a successful one for Bloomfield, who booked his semi-final spot against Fitzpatrick with a routine 6-4, 6-3 win over the young wild card, ranked 866 in the world.
But his tournament was ended by Fitzpatrick, who lost to up-and-coming Oliver Golding, 18, in the final.
Meanwhile, nine-year-old Josephine Jarvis, who trains at the Norfolk Tennis Academy in Norwich, performed well at the Nottingham Junior Open recently, qualifying in style before finishing fifth overall in an extremely competitive main draw.
Jarvis came through qualifying with a perfect record of four wins to take up a spot in the main draw and beat Grace Piper from Somerset in the opening round.
An even match saw Jarvis emerge victorious 8-6, 6-8, 7-2 to move into the quarter-finals against strong opponent Marni Banks from Lancashire. Another strongly-contested match was the end of Jarvis' main draw run as she fell 7-4, 7-4 to Banks who went on to finish third.
Jarvis went on to win two more matches in the positional play-offs to finish fifth overall; an extremely credible result in a grade two event.
The tournament was won by Arabella Moen of Essex.