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)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Christie & Collins make final of W40 Tallinn

By Glenys Furness

  • Freya Christie & Ali Collins edged in final
  • Brits defeated by top seeds
TALLINN, ESTONIA – Freya Christie & Ali Collins made the final of the W40 event. The Brits were the second seeds and were defeated by the top seeds.


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Freya Christie & Ali Collins were the second seeds in Tallinn. The drew Sinja Kraus & Natalia Szabanin in the first round. The seeds broke early in the first set as the Austrian/Hungarian struggled to stay with the Brits who took the lead. The second set saw Kraus & Szabanin fight back and break the seeds to level up the match. The final match tiebreak saw Christie & Collins get ahead and move into the next round 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

In the quarter-final Christie & Collins were against Maileen Nuudi & Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove. The Estonian/Dutch pair stayed with the Brits in the first set, until, eventually the seeds secured the break of serve to move ahead. The second set saw the seeds dominate Nuudi & Pattinama Kerkhove who struggled to hold serve. The Brits moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

The semi-final saw the Brits against Slovakian pair Katarina Kuzmova & Viktoria Kuzmova. Christie & Collins dominated the first set as the Kuzmova sisters couldn’t get into the game. The second set was a little closer as the Slovaks played better, however, the seeds broke early and secured a place in the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

In the final Christie & Collins were against the top seeds Jessie Aney & Anna Siskova. The top seeds managed to break the Brits serve in the first set and took the lead. However, in the second set the Brits managed to force a tiebreak, which the won and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the American/Czech edged ahead and took the title 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7.



Doubles Round Up

Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Katarina Kuzmova & Viktoria Kuzmova in the first round in Tallinn 6-1, 2-6, 10-7.

Maia Lumsden with Isabella Shinikova were defeated by Irene Burillo Escorihuela & Andrea Lazaro Garcia in the first round in Tallinn 6-2, 6-1.

Heather Watson with Danielle Collins were defeated by Marta Kostyuk & Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the first round in the Australian Open 6-4, 6-2.

Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Marketa Vondrousova & Miriam Kolodziejova in the first round in the Australian Open 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Julian Cash & Henry Patten were defeated by Matwe Middelkoop & Robin Hasse in the second round in the Australian Open 6-4, 7-6(8).

Jamie Murray with Michael Venus were defeated by Gonzalo Escobar & Tomislav Brkic in the second round in the Australian Open 7-6(5), 6-4.

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliovaara were defeated by Jason Kubler & Rinky Hijikata in the second round in the Australian Open 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Jan Choinski & Stuart Parker were defeated by Nam Ji-Sung & Song Min-Kyu in the final in Nonthaburi 6-4, 6-4.

Jonny O’Mara with Szymon Walkow were defeated by Vlad Victor Cornea & Sergio Martos Gornes in the quarter-final in Tenerife 7-6, 1-6, 10-7,

Felix Gill with Eliakim Coulibaly were defeated by Sebastian Fanselow & Christian Sigsgaard in the semi-final in Manacor 6-1, 6-4.

Next Week Brits play in Australian Open, Ottignes, Sunderland, Germany, Spain, Turkey, France & Tunisia.



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