Tennis:Brit quartet on song at Les Ormes

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And British interest remains in the men’s tournament, too, as Ian Flanagan won through to today’s semi-finals.

In the ladies’ section, top seed Anne Keothavong (ranked 138 in the world) beat her Great Britain compatriot Katie O’Brien (223) 6-2 6-0.

Fellow Brit Naomi Cavaday (493) continued to impress as she defeated Giulia Gabba (249) from Italy, a girl ranked 250 places higher up the world rankings, 7-6 (0), 6-3.

Brit Melanie South, seeded three, continued with her good progress as she ran out with a win over German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Completing the successful British quartet, Georgie Stoop caught the eye again with a great 6-2, 6-4 victory against Petra Chvojkova from the Czech Rupublic.

None of the British girls meet each other so there is a great possibility of one, or two, all English semi-finals.

Their progress has been a great boost to British girls’ tennis in a tournament where the standard has been very high.

Today the girls are up against opponents from France (two), Hungary and Germany.

Ian Flanagan continues to astound after suffering from injury and being out of the game for a while.

He cruised through to the semi-final following a convincing win over the Dutch player Van der Meer ranked 300 places above him.

Flanagan, in February at Les Ormes, went through to the final and lost to German Phillip Marx.

Marx was again was in this tournament but went out in an earlier round.

Flanagan said after yesterday’s win: ‘I love coming to Jersey, I seem to play my best tennis here.’ Today Flanagan plays fifth seed Jean-Claude Scherrer from Switzerland who has made steady progress through the rounds.

The other semi is between the highly-rated New Zealander Daniel King-Turner, who was unseeded, and fourth seed Stephano Ianni from Italy.

Tournament director Hugh Raymond said: ‘The standard of play improves each year and while we have had a steady flow of people watching I’m a little disappointed that more people have not attended.

‘We’re getting down to the latter stages of competition now in all sections and I look forward to seeing more people over the final three days.’

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