LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Freya Christie plays a backhand shot during their round robin match against Beth Grey during Day One of the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis at the National Tennis Centre on December 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for LTA)
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LE NEUBOURG, FRANCE – Freya Christie & Ali Collins entered the ITF event and were fourth seeds. The Brits defeated the top two seeded pairs en route.
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Freya Christie & Ali Collins entered the ITF event in France and were the fourth seeds. As a result, the Brits had a bye in the first round. Their quarter-final match saw the Brits against Jasmin Jebawy & Park So-Hyun. The German/South Korean pair stayed with the fourth seeds at the start. Eventually though, Christie & Collins managed to secure the break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw the seeds dominate Jebawy & So-Hyun to ease into the semi-final 6-3, 6-1.
In the semi-final the Brits were against the top seeds Ysaline Bonaventure & Estelle Cascino. Both pairs stayed toe to toe in the early part of the set. Christie & Collins managed to get the break of serve to take the set and move ahead. In the second set the top seeds re-grouped and fought back, breaking the Brits to level up the match and force a match tiebreak. In the breaker the Brits edged ahead and took the match 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
The final saw the fourth seeds against the second seeds Sarah Beth Grey & Weronika Falkowska. The second seeds dominated the first set as Christie & Collins struggled to hold serve as Grey & Falkowska eased through the set. The second set was much closer, as the Brits stayed with the second seeds and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brits secured the mini break and held on to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the fourth seeds eased ahead as the second seeds struggled to get points on the board. Christie & Collins took the title 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-3.
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