LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Alicia Barnett plays a backhand shot during their round robin match against Katy Dunne during Day Three of the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis at the National Tennis Centre on December 22, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Alicia Barnett claimed the doubles title in ITF Sharm-El-Sheikh
SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – Alicia Barnett teamed up with Yuriko Lily Miyazaki and were the top seeds. The Brit/Japanese pair didn’t drop a set all week.
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Alicia Barnett and Yuriko Miyazaki teamed up for the ITF event in Sharm-El-Sheikh and were the top seeds. The Brit/Japanese drew Anna Borovinskaya & Laure Line Glaude in the first round. The top seeds totally dominated the first set, breaking at will. The American/Belgian were unable to hold serve at all and were soon down a set. In the second set the Brit/Japanese again dominated, however Borovinskaya & Glaude were able to secure some holds. The top seeds progressed through to the quarter-final 6-0, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the top seeds against Lee Ya-Hsuan & Aline Thommen. Barnett & Miyazaki managed to break the serve of the Taiwanese/Swiss pair to take the lead in the match. In the second set the Brit/Japanese found Ya-Hsuan & Thommen much tougher, and a tiebreak ensued. Fortunately the breaker was clinched by the top seeds who moved into the semi-final 6-3, 7-6(4).
In the semi-final the Brit/Japanese were against the fourth seeds Funa Kozaki & Thaisa Grana Pedretti. Barnett & Miyazaki dominated the first set, losing only one game. In the second set Kozaki & Pedretti fought well, but were unable to prevent the top seeds from securing the break needed to move into the final 6-1, 6-4.
The final pitched the top seeds against Yeon Woo Ku & Raphelle Lacasse. The South Korean/Canadian stayed with Barnett & Miyazaki in the first set, before the top seeds secured the break of serve and the lead. This seemed to break the spirit of Ku & Lacasse as the Brit/Japanese totally dominated the second set to lift the trophy in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
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Doubles Round Up
Luke Johnson with David Poljak were defeated by Oscar Jose Gutierrez & Takuto Niki in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.
Ben Jones & Joshua Paris were defeated by Shao-Fan Liu & Makoto Ochi in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.
Jonathan Binding & Henry Patten were defeated by Filip Bergevi & Jonathan Mridha in the first round in Pune 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4.
Aidan McHugh with Dominik Palan were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Arjum Kadhe in the first round in Pune 4-6, 7-5, 10-2.
Naiktha Bains with Conny Perrin were defeated by Irene Burillo Escorihuela & Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the first round in Buenos Aires 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Jay Clarke & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Marc Polmans & Aleksander Vukic in the first round in Lugano 6-3, 6-4.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Dan Evans & Neal Skupski in the second round in Miami 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-7.
Heather Watson with Alja Tomljanovic were defeated by Ekaterina Alexandrova & Yang Zhaoxuan in the first round in Miami 6-4, 6-1.
Next week Brits play in Miami, Switzerland, Egypt, India, Tunisia, Argentina & Dubai.
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