Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls lift second title in Israel
The Brits only drop one set en route to their second title in a row
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls claim a second title in Israel, giving them back to back titles, the Brits only dropped one set all event.
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Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls teamed up again in Israel, this time in Tel Aviv. As last week the Brits were unseeded, their first round opponents were the fourth seeds Madeleine Kobelt & Linnéa Malmqvist. Barnett & Nicholls got off to the best start and broke the fourth seeds to claim the first set.
The second set saw the Brits going toe to toe with Kobelt & Malmqvist until the very end of the set, when the American/Swedish pair finally secured a break to level up the match. A match tiebreak would be needed to decide the place in the next round. The Brits got an advantage and held on to claim the match 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.
In the quarter-final the Brits were up against Vasilisa Aponasenko & Eliessa Vanlangendonck. The Russian/Belgian pairing tried to keep in the first set, but Barnett & Nicholls broke just the once to take the lead. This seemed to take the play out of the Russian/Belgian as the second set was all one way traffic in the Brits favour and they took the match 6-3, 6-1.
The semi-final had the Brits down to play the second seeds Gozal Ainitdinova & Anastasia Pribylova. However the Kazakh/Russian pairing withdrew without a ball being hit, handing the walkover to Barnett & Nicholls and a place in the final.
In the final the Brits faced the top seeds Mathilde Armitano & Elixane Lechemia. The French pair pushed Barnett & Nicholls all the way in the first set, and forced a tiebreak. The Brits strolled through the breaker and soon had the lead. In the second set the French dropped serve and the Brits took full advantage, taking the match in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-3.
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