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 Round Up | Barnett & Nicholls take ITF Vitoria-Gasteiz title

By Glenys Furness

  • Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls took the title in Spain
  • Brits were second seeds
  • Luke Johnson made the final in ATP Challenger
VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN – Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls claimed the ITF W100  title, whilst Luke Johnson was runner up in Pozoblano.


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Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls entered the ITF event and were the top seeds. In the first round the Brits were against Vasanti Shinde & Noelia Zeballos Melgar. The Brits dominated the first set, breaking at will. Barnett & Nicholls didn’t drop a game in the first set. The second set was a little closer as Shinde & Zeballos Melgar got some games on the table. The top seeds broke serve though and moved into the next round 6-0, 6-3.

In the quarter-final the Brits were due to be against Georgina Garcia-Perez & Aleksandra Krunic. However, the Spaniard/Serbian pair were unable to take to the court and therefore handed the win to the top seeds without having hit a ball in anger 0-0 (RET).

The semi-final saw the Brits against Bulgarian pair Lia Karatancheva & Sesil Karatancheva. The Brits dominated the match from the outset. Barnett & Nicholls barely put a foot wrong, and lost only three games as they eased their way through to the final 6-1, 6-2.

In the final the Brits were against Estelle Cascino & Diana Marcinkevica. The top seeds were on a roll and broke serve early to take the first set. The second was closer, however, Barnett & Nicholls secured the break of serve needed to get the victory and lift the trophy 6-3, 6-4.



Doubles Round Up

Emilie Lindh with Gina Feistel were defeated by Luksika Kumkhum & Peangtam Plipuech in the quarter-final in Victoria-Gasteiz 6-3, 7-6.

Julian Cash with Maxime Cressy were defeated by Anirudh Chandrasekar & Vijay Sundar Prashanth in the first round in Newport 6-4, 6-3.

Joshua Paris & Marcus Willis were defeated by Felipe Meligeni Alves & Eduardo Ribeiro in the first round in Amersfoort 7-6, 7-5.

Aidan McHugh with Kenta Miyoshi were defeated by Naoki Nakagawa & Makoto Ochi in the first round in Champaign 6-2, 3-6, 10-2.

Oliver Okonkwo with Gabrielius Guzauskas were defeated by Cash Hanzlik & Pierce Brazil Rollins in the first round in Champaign 6-4, 1-6, 12-10.

Felix Gill with Yshai Oliel were defeated by Lorenzo Gagliardo & Bruno Pujol Navarro in the quarter-final in Gandia 0-0 (RET).

Luke Johnson & Benjamin Lock were defeated by Nam Ji-Sung & Song Min-Kyu in the final in Pozoblanco 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Next Week Brits play in Atlanta, Hamburg, Segovia, Astana, USA, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Germany, Tunisia, Warsaw & Morocco.



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