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

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Barnett & Nicholls claim ITF Trnava

By Glenys Furness

  • Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls claim title in Slovakia
  • Brits were top seeds
  • Didn’t drop a set
TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA – Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls claimed the ITF doubles title. The Brits were the top seeds and didn’t drop a set all week.


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Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls entered the ITF W60 event and were the top seeds. In the first round the Brits were against Elena Malygina & Anita Wagner. At first the Estonian/Bosnian pair stayed with the top seeds, but eventually, Barnett & Nicholls achieved the break of serve needed to move ahead. The second set saw total domination by the Brits, who didn’t lose a game to take the win 6-4, 6-0.

In the quarter-final the Brits were against Emily Webley-Smith & Veronika Erajvec. The Brit/Slovakian were dominated by the top seeds in the first set and struggled to get on terms. Barnett & Nicholls strolled through the set and into the lead. The second set, however, was much closer. Webley-Smith & Erajvec stayed with the top seeds and looked to be forcing a tiebreak. Barnett & Nicholls were having non of that, though, and broke right at the end of the set to take the win 6-2, 7-5.

The semi-final saw the Brits against Alexandra Eala & Justina Mikulskyte. Barnett & Nicholls were held at first as Eala & Mikulskyte stayed with them. However, the top seeds managed to get the vital break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the seeds dominate and lose only one game to move into the final 6-4, 6-1.

In the final, the top seeds were against third seeds Amina Anshba & Anastasia Detiuc. The first set was a very even affair at the start. Eventually, Barnett & Nicholls secured the break needed to claim the set and take the lead. The second set was more of the same, as Anshba & Detiuc tried to stay with the Brits. However, the top seeds managed to get the vital break of serve and lift the title 6-3, 6-3.



Doubles Round Up

Liam Broady with Jelle Sels were defeated by Luca Margaroli & Mikelis Libietis in the first round in Lugano 6-7, 7-6, 10-7.

Sean Hodkin & Harry Wendelken were defeated by Jaime Faria & Duarte Vale in the quarter-final in Qunita Do Lago 7-5, 6-2.

Billy Harris with Akira Santillan were defeated by Mats Hermans & Mick Veldheer in the quarter-final in Quinta Do Lago 6-1, 4-6, 10-8.

Aidan McHugh with Georgil Kravchenko were defeated by Francesco Forti & Skander Mansouri in the quarter-final in Quinta Do Lago 7-6, 6-3.

Ben Jones & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Scott Duncan & Marcus Willis in the semi-final in Montreal 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.

Joe Tyler with Juan Carlos Aguillar defeated Scot Duncan & Marcus Willis in the final in Montreal 6-4, 5-7, 11-9.

Jonathan Binding & Ryan Storrie were defeated by Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine & Davide Pozzi in the first round in Creteil 6-3, 6-4.

Georgina Hays with Delia Gaillard were defeated by Fabienne Gettwart & Pia Praefke in the first round in Amiens 7-5, 6-1.

Joshua Goodger with Alex Knaff were defeated by Jakob Schnaitter & Luca Wiedenmann in the quarter-final in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-4.

Matthew Howse & Joel Pierloni were defeated by Alec Beckley & Ryan Nijboer in the quarter-final in Sharm El Shiekh 6-7, 7-6, 10-5.

Alexis Canter with Jake Bhangdia were defeated by Dimitris Sakellaridis & Stefanos Sakellaridis in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-4, 6-1.

Eden Silva with Valentini Grammatikopoulou were defeated by Francisca Jorge & Matilde Jorge in the final in Bengaluru 5-7, 6-0, 10-3.

Eliz Maloney & Lauryn John-Baptiste were defeated by Jenny Durest & Fanny Ostlund in the quarter-final in Pretoria 6-3, 6-4.

Emily Appleton with Isabelle Haverlag were defeated by Francesca Di Lorenzo & Makenna Jones in the semi-final in Boca Raton 6-4, 0-6, 10-5.

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