CW Herald - Athens
Banks fails in quest for second title in as many weeks
Randy Banks' quest to win back-to-back titles has failed as he was beaten in straight sets by Slovakia's Andrej Konc in the final of the Status Athens Open.
The unseeded West CWLander was favourite to win the final after stringing nine wins together in the past fortnight, but never recovered from letting an early lead slip as Konc secured the title 7-5, 6-2.
Banks was a break ahead after moving to 3-2, but was broken back immediately from the Slovakian who went on to secure eleven of the next fifteen games en route to his first title of the year.
Elsewhere, fourth seed Michael De Kinsele claimed the title in Rome beating compatriot Marco Pellegrini two and two, while Randy Bruce made it two North American titles in as many weeks as he beat Hugh James 6-4, 6-3.