Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls at the Battle of the Brits, 2020
Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls at the Battle of the Brits, 2020 ¦ (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits)

Tennis | Doubles, Challenger & ITF Round Up | Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls make final in ITF La Bisbal d’Empordàfinal in

By Glenys Furness

  • Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls made the final in Spain
  • Brits were top seeds
LA BISBAL D’EMPORDA, SPAIN – Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls entered the ITF event in Spain and were the top seeds. The Brits made the final of the W100 event.

 

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Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls entered the W100 ITF event and were the top seeds. In the first round the Brits were against Celia Cervino Ruiz & Irene Burillo Escorihuela. In the first set the Brits secured the break of serve needed and took the lead. The second set was much closer as the Spaniards fought hard to try and level up the match. However, Barnett & Nicholls were taken to a tiebreak. The Brits edged the breaker and were into the next round in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(5).

The quarter-final saw the Brits against Akgul Amanmuradova & Marina Bassols Ribera. Barnett & Nicholls dominated the match from start to finish. The top seeds were barely troubled on serve as Amanmuradova & Bassols Ribera were unable to match the Brits game. Barnett & Nicholls moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

In the semi-final the top seeds were against the fourth seeds Anastasia Dețiuc & Miriam Kolodziejová. The Czech pair could not prevent Barnett & Nicholls from breaking to take the first set. In the second set the top seeds dominated again and had soon booked a spot in the final 6-3, 6-2.

The final saw the top seeds against Victoria Jiménez Kasintseva & Renata Zarazúa. The Andorran/Mexican pair did what no one else had managed, broke the serve of Barnett & Nicholls to take the first set. The second set saw the top seeds re-group and dominate to level up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw Kasintseva & Zarazua edge out the Brits and claim the title 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.

Doubles Round Up

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara in the first round in Rome 7-6(5), 6-3.

Cameron Norrie with Pablo Martinez were defeated by Thanasi Kokkinakis & Frances Tiafoe in the first round in Rome 2-6, 7-6(2), 10-8.

Jamie Murray with Michael Venus were defeated by Gonzalo Escobar & Ariel Behar in the first round in Rome 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-5.

Neal Skupski with Wesley Koolhof were defeated by Nikola Mektic & Mate Pavic in the quarter-final in Rome 6-4, 6-4.

Samantha Murray Sharan with Ingrid Neel were defeated by Anastasia Gasanova & Kamilla Rakhimova in the first round in Paris 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.

Emily Webley-Smith with Xenia Knoll were defeated by Anna Kalinskaya & Anastasia Potapova in the first round in Paris 6-4, 6-0.

Heather Watson with Varvara Gracheva were defeated by Elsa Jacquemot & Selena Janicijevic in the first round in Paris 6-2, 6-4.

Toby Martin with Nicholas Bybel were defeated by Maximillian Homberg & Alexander Wolfschmidt in the first round in Santa Margherita Di Pula 0-0 (RET).

Soumeya Anane with Elaine Genovese were defeated by Julia Belgraver & Yasmine Mansouri in the first round in Saint-Gaudens 6-2, 2-6, 10-6.

Jodie Burrage with Sofia Sewing were defeated by Audrey Albie & Magali Kempen in the first round in Saint-Gaudens 6-2, 7-6(5).

Emily Appleton & Ali Collins were defeated by Anet Angelika Koskel & Katrlin Saar in the quarter-final in Varberg 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-6.

James Markiewicz with Jannik Opitz were defeated by Simon Freund & Johannes Ingildsen in the first round in Kalmar 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Danielle Daly with Smriti Bhasin were defeated by Liu Fangzhou & Wang Melling in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-4, 6-1.

Emilie Lindh with Ayumi Koshiishi were defeated by Kristina Paskauskas & Wei Sijia in the quarter-final in Monastir 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-4.

Kristina Paskauskas with Wei Sijia defeated Liu Fangzhou & Wang Melling in the final in Monastir 6-3, 7-6(4).

 

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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Liam Broady was defeated by Carlos Taberner in the first round in Bordeaux 7-5, 6-2.

Toby Martin was defeated by Federico Bertuccioli in the first round in Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-4, 4-1 (RET).

Anna Popescu was defeated by Anastasia Piangerelli in the first round in Heraklion 6-3, 3-2 (RET).

Jodie Burrage was defeated by Fernanda Contreras Gomez in the first round in Saint-Gaudens 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-4.

Emily Appleton was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova in the first round in Varberg 6-2, 6-2.

Danielle Daly was defeated by Ferdous Bahri in the first round in Monastir 6-4, 6-3.

Emilie Lindh was defeated by Wei Sijia in the second round in Monastir 6-3, 6-2.

Kristina Paskauskas was defeated by Yao Xinxin in the second round in Monastir 7-5, 6-2.

Yuriko Lily Miyazaki was defeated by Veronika Erjavec in the second round in Osijek 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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