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

Skupski brothers claim runner up spot in Eckental

By Glenys Furness

  • Ken & Neal Skupski were top seeds in Eckental
  • The Brits didn’t lose a set until the final
ECKENTAL, GERMANY – Ken Skupski Neal Skupski were the top seeds in Germany, the pair made it to the final where the second seeds were too good on the day and claimed the trophy.

Ken & Neal Skupski were the top seeds in Eckental, the first round saw the top seeds draw the wildcard pairing of Kai Lemstra & Rudolf Molleker. The Germans tried to get the better of the Skupski brothers, however the Brits were too good and soon had the match in the bag 6-3, 6-3

In the quarter-final the Brits were facing Alexander Satschko & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn. The German/Austrian pairing were no match for the Skupski brothers, who were in no mood to lose at this stage. Having broken once in the first set, the Brits broke twice in the next to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-2

The semi-final opponents were Aliaksander Bury & Andreas Siljestrom. The Belarussian/Swedish pairing proved to be the toughest challenge to date. The Brits were forced to a tiebreak in the first set, and the experience of the top seeds showed as they edged the breaker. This was the spur they needed as the Skupski brothers went on to break in the second set and seal the win 7-6(10), 6-4.

In the final the Brits faced the second seeds. Sander Arends & Roman Jebavy had fought their way to the final in several close matches, the Skupski brothers would be favourites for the title. The second seeds got the better of the Brits in the first set, breaking twice to seal the set. In the second set, although the Brits were staying with Arends & Jebavy a break of serve came and the second seeds claimed the title 6-2, 6-4


Doubles Round Up

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares lost in the semi-final of Paris to the eventual title holders Lukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo 4-6, 2-6

Anna Smith with Alicja Rosolska lost in the round robin stages of Zhuhai.

Joe Salisbury with Ruan Roelofse lost in the quarter-final of Charlottesville 3-6, 6-3, 6-10

Liam Broady with Bjorn Fratangelo lost in the first round of Charlottesville 4-6, 5-7

Cameron Norrie with Tommy Paul lost in the first round of Charlottesville 4-6, 6-7(8)

Luke Bambridge with David O’Hare lost in the first round of Charlottesville 6-7(3), 6-7(4)

Brydan Klein with Dane Propoggia lost in the quarter-final of Canberra 5-7, 4-6

Jonny O’Mara with Sander Gille lost in the first round of Eckental 3-6, 5-7

Next week Brits play in Bratislava & Hua Hin