Jocelyn Rae Australian Open 2016
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Jocelyn Rae & Neal Skupski both win titles in Vancouver


By Glenys Furness

  • Jocelyn Rae with Jessica Moore claim ITF title
  • Neal Skupski with James Cerretani claim ATP Challenger title


VANCOUVER, CANADA – Jocelyn Rae & Jessica Moore claim ladies doubles, whilst Neal Skupski & James Cerretani take the ATP Challenger title, ending a great week for British doubles.



Jocelyn Rae & Jessica Moore were fourth seeds in Vancouver, Neal Skupski & James Cerretani were second seeds on the ATP side. In the first round Rae & Moore were drawn against Mihaela Buzarnescu & Vera Lapko. The Brit/Aussie pair started well and got the break required to take the first set. Buzarnescu & Lapko fought back in the second set and levelled up the match, a match tiebreak would be needed to decide the victors. Rae & Moore edged into the quarter-final 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

The quarter-final saw the fourth seeds against Arantxa Rus & Maryna Zanevska. The Dutch/Belgian team were not on the court long as they retired against Rae & Moore with the Brit/Aussie leading in the first set 2-1.

In the semi-final the fourth seeds were playing the top seeds, Eri Hozumi & Miyu Kato. The Japanese pairing edged the first set as it went to a tiebreak, however Rae & Moore secured a break of serve in the second set to bring the match back level. With the match poised the Brit/Aussie pairing edged the match tie break 6-7(8), 6-4, 10-8.

In the final the fourth seeds were playing Desirae Krawczyk & Guiliana Olmos, the unseeded pairing seemed out of sorts in the first set as Rae & Moore dominated, losing only one game in the whole set. The second was much closer as the American/Mexican found their game, the fourth seeds though held on for the victory securing the break at the very end 6-1, 7-5.

On the challenger side Skupski & Cerretani drew in the first round Luke Bambridge & David O’Hare. The second seeds did not have much trouble overcoming the Brit/Irish pairing, securing a break of serve in each set to enable swift progression to the quarter-final 6-4, 6-4.

In the quarter-final the Brit/American faced Philip Bester & Marcus Copil, the Canadian/Romanian were a tough match up but the second seeds finally managed a break of serve in the first set to grab the lead. Bester & Copil kept fighting and forced a tiebreak in the second set, however Skupski & Cerretani held on and took the breaker to book a spot in the semi-final 7-5, 7-6(5).

The semi-final had the second seeds against Americans JC Aragone & Ryan Shane. Once again the Brit/American were in fine form as they continued the excellent run they had started. with Aragone & Shane unable to make in roads into the second seeds serve, Skupski & Cerretani soon had the first set in the bag. The second set was slightly closer but the seeds only needed on break of serve to book their final spot 6-3, 6-4.

In the final Skupski & Cerretani were against the top seeds Treat Huey & Robert Lindstedt. In a very close first set the Brit/American were taken to a tiebreak and edged ahead. The second set saw the second seeds move up a gear and they soon had the match in the bag, taking the title 7-6(6), 6-2.

Other doubles result

Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lost in the final of Cincinnati 6-7(6) 4-6.


Brits play in Winston-Salem, New Haven & New York (US Open qualifying)