Ken & Neal Skupski
Ken & Neal Skupski | Photo by Ryan Browne/REX/Shutterstock

Ken & Neal Skupski take first title of 2018 in Quimper

By Glenys Furness

  • Top Seeds claim first title of 2018 in Quimper Challenger
  • Fourth seeds pushed the Brits all the way in final
QUIMPER, BRITTANY, FRANCE – Ken & Neal Skupski claim their first title of 2018 and their 16th Challenger title together.


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Ken & Neal Skupski were the top seeds at the Quimper Challenger, in the first round they drew Croatian brothers Ivan & Matej Sabanov. The Brits were far too strong for the Croatians, and had very little trouble progressing to the next round for the loss of only four games 6-1, 6-3

The quarter-final saw the Brits up against Scott Clayton & David Pel. The Brit/Dutch pairing proved a tougher challenge than the first round, however the Skupski brothers came through in straight sets, breaking in the first and a tiebreak in the second 6-4, 7-6(5).

In the semi-final the Brits were facing the third seeds Romain Arneodo & Hugo Nys. The Brits were held to a tiebreak in the first set, but managed to dominate the breaker to secure the set. Arneodo & Nys recovered from this to obtain a break of serve and level the match. A match tiebreak would be needed to settle the finalists, fortunately the Skupski brothers edged breaker to seal the win 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-8.

The final saw the Brits against Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen seeded fourth. The Belgians lost serve in the first set and the Skupski brothers went on to claim the set. However, Gille & Vliegen were not going away and in the second set managed to break the serve of the Brits and level the match. Just like in the semi-final a match tie break would be needed to decide the champions. The Skupskis came through to claim the title their first of 2018 and 16th together 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.


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Doubles Round Up

Jonny O’Mara with Andreas Mies lost in the first round of Quimper. The pair manged to claim the second set tiebreak but lost overall 7-5, 6-7(9), 10-3

Joe Salisbury with Leander Paes were top seeds in Dallas and lost in the final 6-4, 3-6, 10-7

Luke Bambridge with Denis Kudla lost in the quarter-finals in Dallas 6-3, 3-6, 10-4

Brydan Klein with Bradley Mousley lost in the semi-final of Burnie 6-7(5), 7-5, 10-8

Neil Pauffley & Marcus Willis lost in the final in Glasgow 6-3, 6-7, 10-6

Naomi Broady with Ashley Weinhold lost in the first round in Missouri 6-2, 6-4

Laura Robson with Vania King won the title in Burnie 7-6(3), 6-1

Katy Dunne with Olivia Rogowska lost in the first round in Burnie 6-2, 6-4

Emily Webley-Smith with Katarzyna Kawa won the title in Sharm El Sheikh 6-3, 3-6, 10-5

All the British ladies in the doubles in Glasgow went out in the first round.

Next week Brits play in Montpellier, San Francisco, Launceston & Budapest.