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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