MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: Emily Arbuthnott of Great Britain in action in her match against Chihiro Muramatsu of Japan during the Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Tennis | Challenger, ITF & Doubles Round-up | Emily Arbuthnott claims doubles title & quarter-final finish in ITF Holland.
ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS – Emily Arbuthnott claimed the doubles title and also made the quarter-final in the singles event.
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Emily Arbuthnott entered both the singles and doubles in Alkmaar. With Gabriella Da Silva Fick the Brit was top seed. Arbuthnott was unseeded in the singles event. In the doubles the Brit/Australian first round opponents were Chloe Compson & Michaela Bayerlova. The top seeds had very little difficulty in dispatching the Brit/Czech, losing only one game to move into the quarter-final 6-0, 6-1.
In the quarter-final Arbuthnott & Da Silva Fick were up against Anouk Koevermans & Suzan Lamens. The Dutch pair were very strong in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Australian got the break and didn’t look back. The second set saw Koevermans & Lamens break the top seeds serve and level the match. In the match tiebreak it was the top seed who edged the breaker to move into the semi-final 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8.
The semi-final saw the top seeds face Mylène Halemai & Valentina Ivanov. The French/Kiwi pair were dominated by Arbuthnott & Da Silva Fick. The seeds lost only three games the whole match to ease into the final. Halemai & Ivanov tried hard but could not get into the match. The seeds progressed 6-2, 6-1.
In the final the Brit/Australian were up against Eva Vedder & Stephanie Visscher. The Dutch pairing were broken in the first set by Arbuthnott & Da Silva Fick and found themselves down a set. In the second set Vedder & Visscher re-grouped and totally dominated the Brit/Australian to level up. The final would be decided by a match tiebreak. The top seeds edged the breaker to lift the trophy 6-4, 1-6, 10-8.
Taking part in the singles Arbuthnott drew Sai Samhitha Chamarthi in the first round. The Indian stayed toe to toe with the Brit in the first set, forcing a tiebreak, Arbuthnott came through to take the lead. The second set was all one way traffic as the Indian seemed to have lost the will to fight, only winning one more game. The Brit moved into the second round 7-6(4), 6-1.
The second round saw the Brit against the top seed Nika Kukharchuk. The Russian was a tough test, and stayed with Arbuthnott until right at the end of the first set, when the Brit broke to lead. In the second set the Brit broke early and Kukharchuk could not break back. Arbuthnott moved into the quarter-final 7-5, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the Brit was against the eighth seed Marina Yudanov. The Swede got the jump on Arbuthnott and totally dominated taking the lead. In the second set the Brit fought back well, breaking Yudanov to level the match. However, in the final set it was the Swede who got the vital break of serve and moved into the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Chloe Compson was defeated by Marina Yudanov in the first round in Holland 6-2, 6-3.
Charles Broom was defeated by Colin Sinclair in the first round in Holland 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Jack Gibbens was defeated by Justin Roberts in the first round in Mexico 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Ben Jones was defeated by Naoki Takeda in the first round in Mexico 6-4, 7-5.
Alexander Jhun was defeated by Juan Batalla Diez in the first round in Mexico 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Isaac Stoute was defeated by Axel Geller in the second round in Mexico 6-2, 6-2.
Joshua Paris was defeated by Riaan Du Toit in the second round in Zimbabwe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Patrick Foley was defeated by Lucas Catarina in the second round in Zimbabwe 6-2, 6-2.
Jake Hersey was defeated by Anas Fattar in the first round in Tunisia 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles Round Up
Alexander Jhun with Naoki Takeda were defeated by Juan Batalla Diez & Eduardo Roldan in the first round in Mexico 6-3, 4-6, 10-3.
Ben Jones & Isaac Stoute were defeated by Jody Maginley & Justin Roberts in the semi-final in Mexico 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.
Patrick Foley with Michael-John Every were defeated by Benjamin Lock & Courtney Lock in the quarter-final in Zimbabwe 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Joshua Paris with Martin Beran were defeated by Benjamin Lock & Courtney Lock in the final in Zimbabwe 6-3, 6-0.
Charles Broom with Colin Sinclair were defeated by Bastian Malla & Matias Zukas in the first round in Holland 7-6(3), 6-3.
Andy Murray with Marcelo Melo were defeated by Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah in the first round in Eastbourne 6-2, 6-4.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool in the first round in Eastbourne 6-7(8), 6-4, 10-6.
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by Marcus Daniell & Wesley Koolhof in the first round in Eastbourne 7-5, 7-6(10).
Cameron Norrie with Juan Ignacio Londero were defeated by Ben McLachlan & Frederick Nielsen in the first round in Eastbourne 6-3, 6-7(1), 10-5.
Scott Clayton & James Ward were defeated by Fabrice Martin & Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the first round in Eastbourne 6-2, 6-0.
Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah in the quarter-final in Eastbourne 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Dom Inglot with Austin Krajicek were defeated by Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah in the semi-final in Eastbourne 6-4, 7-6(10).
Harriet Dart & Heather Watson were defeated by Nicole Melichar & Kveta Peschke in the first round in Eastbourne 4-6, 7-6(1), 10-6.
Next week Brits play at Wimbledon, Ludwigshafen, Spain, Mexico, Portugal, Serbia, Tunisia & Thailand.
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