GALLERY: Myles Orton wins singles and doubles matches at Aegon GB Pro Series at Frinton

Suffolk number one Myles Orton was in action yesterday

Suffolk number one Myles Orton was in action yesterday

Suffolk’s number one-ranked tennis player, Myles Orton, celebrated double success yesterday at the Aegon GB Pro-Series in Frinton-on-sea.

Orton flew into the quarter-finals of the Men’s singles competition with a comprehensive straight sets victory over James Marsalek, 6-4 6-4, while also advancing into the semi-finals of the Men’s doubles with another 6-4 6-4 victory over David O’Hare and Joe Salisbury, alongside partner Neil Pauffley.

The tall and athletic Orton raced into a 3-0 lead early in the first set in the singles against his shorter opponent – something that gave him the impetus to go on and seal the set, despite wobbling a little by conceding four of the remaining seven games.

And he repeated the early break in the second set – again eventually holding out for a 6-4 victory, with his dominant service game too much for Marsalek to defeat.

He plays Edward Corrie in the last eight today as the tournament edges closer to the final stages, with the semi-finals taking place on Friday, and the final on Saturday.

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Orton has a busy schedule today as his hunt for doubles success continues against Jack Findel-Hawkins and Toby Mitchell in the final four, where if he and Pauffley are victorious, will play the winners of Brydan Klein and Joshua Ward-Hibbert/ George Coupland and David Rice in the final on Friday.

As well as the ongoing Pro-Series competition, the Aegon British Tour has also been visiting the blistering hot Essex seaside this week.

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Yesterday was the beginning of the main draw for both the men’s and women’s competitions and there are still a number of Suffolk-based players in the draw hoping to reach the final stages.

Paul Midgley, Ben Smith, and Ella Monsi all made it through yesterday and will compete in round two today before the competition reaches a fierce double header on Friday – seeing both the quarter-finals and semi-finals occur, with the finals on Saturday.

Special credit must go to Cambridgeshire-based star William Huyton, who, like last week in Felixstowe, has had to go through two sets of pre-qualifiers and thereafter qualifiers before even reaching the main draw.

After a 6-2 6-2 win over Thomas Fisher, he is in round two today, where play on the courts commences from 10.30am at Frinton Lawn Tennis Club.

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