Le Fèvre, 228th in the world, was expected to beat her rival, who barely makes the top 500, easily, but in determined fashion Paterson won in straight sets.Although three British players went out of the competition yesterday, they did not go down without a fight.
Amanda Janes, daughter of Christine Janes (née Truman) lost in three sets to Sweden’s Hanna Nooni 5-7, 7-5, 6-4; Emily Webley-Smith went down to Germany’s Sabrina Jolk 7-6, 6-2, while Sarah Borwell, 383rd in the world, nearly caused the upset of the tournament by only losing to No 1 seed, Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 on the tiebreak.Chantal Coombs defeated seventh seed Bulgarian Maria Geznenge 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 while Jane O’Donoghue beat Russian Irina Boulykina 6-2, 6-4.
In an all-British clash Hannah Collin beat Helen Crook 6-0, 6-1 and while the other British players through to the last 16 meet overseas’ opponents today, either Collin or Paterson are guaranteed a place in the last eight as they meet on court No 1 at noon.Two other seeds went out yesterday; Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi at No 3 and France’s Virginie Pichet, at No 4.
No 2 seed Severine Beltrame, who almost didn’t make it to Les Ormes because Solidor V wasn’t running, made up for lost time with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Yugoslavia’s Dragana Zaric.All competition began today at noon with the evening session starting at 6 pm with the doubles.
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