Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls secure doubles title in Shrewsbury
Third seeds only drop two sets en route to the title
Defeated top seeds in semi-final
SHREWSBURY, UK – Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls teamed up for the ITF event in Shrewsbury and were seeded third. The Brits secured the title and took out the top seeds en route.
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Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls teamed up again at the ITF event in Shrewsbury and were the third seeds. The Brits first round opponents were Leonie Küng & Isabella Shinikova. The Swiss/Bulgarian pair were unable to stop the Brits from dominating the first set, struggling to hold serve and the Brits moved into the lead. The second set was a little closer, but Grey & Nicholls broke serve and moved into the quarter-finals 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the third seeds were up against Eden Silva & Julia Terzijska. The third seeds went toe to toe with Silva & Terzijska in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Bulgarian pair took the tiebreak and moved ahead. However, the seeds re-grouped in the next set to secure the break of serve required, levelling up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak Grey & Nicholls edged ahead and moved into the semi-final 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-8.
The semi-final saw the Brits facing the top seeds Camilla Rosatello & Valeria Savinykh. The Italian/Russian stayed with the Brits and forced a tiebreak. Grey & Nicholls dominated the tiebreak losing only one point to move clear. The second set saw the third seeds continue their dominance with the Italian/Russian unable to hold serve. The Brits moved into the final 7-6(1), 6-0.
In the final the Brits were up against Tayisiya Morderger & Yana Morderger. The Germans got out to a flying start and dominated the first set, breaking at will. The Brits were unable to get a game on the board. The third seeds re-grouped in the second set and broke the Germans to level the match. In the deciding match tiebreak Grey & Nicholls flew out to a lead that was never in danger and lifted the title 0-6, 6-3, 10-4.
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