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Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Dan Little & Ben Jones claim title in ITF Sharm El Sheikh
Dan Little & Ben Jones claimed title in Sharm El Sheikh
Brits were unseeded
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Dan Little & Ben Jones teamed up for the doubles title and were unseeded. The Brits claimed the title without dropping a set.
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Dan Little & Ben Jones teamed up for the event in Sharm El Sheikh. The Brits were unseeded. In the first round the Brits were against German pairing Oscar Moraing & Sebastian Prechtel. Little & Jones dominated from the start. The Brits had little trouble in the first set, breaking at will to take the lead. The second set saw Moraing & Prechtel try and fight back. Little & Jones were just too strong and moved into the quarter-final 6-0, 6-2.
In the quarter-final the Brits were against the top seeds Marek Gengel & Francesco Vilardo. The Czech/Italian pair stayed with Little & Jones at the start. Eventually, the Brits managed to break the serve of the top seeds and move into the lead. The second set followed a very similar pattern, with the Brits again breaking the serve of the Czech/Italian pair to move into the semi-final 6-4, 6-4.
The semi-final saw the Brits against fourth seeds Petr Hajek & Andrew Paulson. The Czech pair fought hard in the first set, they were unable to prevent Little & Jones from breaking and moving ahead. In the second set Hajek & Paulson forced a tiebreak. The Brits edged ahead and booked a spot in the final 6-4, 7-6(4).
In the final Little & Jones were against the third seeds Ho Ray & Grigorly Lomakin. The Brits and the seeds stayed close together before the Brits secured the break of serve and move into the lead. The second set was very close as Ray & Lomakin looked to force a tiebreak. Fortunately, Little & Jones managed to break the serve right at the end of the set to lift the title 6-4, 7-5.
Doubles Round Up
Adam Jones & Mason Recci were defeated by Marek Gengel & Francesco Vilardo in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-3.
Ali Habib with Dusan Rajic were defeated by Karlo Cubelic & Kelsey Stevenson in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.
Neal Skupski & Ken Skupski were defeated by Ariel Behar & Gonzalo Escobar in the first round in Stockholm 7-6(3), 6-3.
Jonny O’Mara with Roman Jebavy were defeated by Filip Horansky & Sergiy Stakhovsky in the quarter-final in Bratislava 7-6(3), 6-3.
Jack Draper with Borna Gojo were defeated by Antonio Sancic & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn in the semi-final in Ortsei 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Luke Johnson with Toby Kodat were defeated by Mark Whitehouse & Francis Casey Alcantara in the semi-final in Harlingen 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Mark Whitehouse with Francis Casey Alcantara defeated Gabi Adrian Boitan & Constantin Frantzen in the final in Harlingen 7-6(3), 5-7, 10-7.
Tiran Sanghera with Charles Tzicas were defeated by Kai Lemstra & Matthew Romios in the first round in Heraklion 6-0, 6-1.
David Quayle with Raffael Schaer were defeated by Alec Deckers & Max Houkes in the first round in Heraklion 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-3.
Graziella Barrett with Keira Blackbeard were defeated by Marlia Bergen & Maria Krupenina in the first round in Heraklion 6-0, 6-0.
Jonathan Gray with Lucas Bouquet were defeated by Stefan Palosi & Carlos Sanchez Jover in the quarter-final in Benicarlo 2-0.
Alexis Canter with Dev Javia were defeated by Romain Faucon & Nicolas Tepmahc in the quarter-final in Indore 7-6(4), 6-3.
Toby Martin with Oleksandr Biellnskyi were defeated by Cezar Cretu & Nicholas David Ionel in the first round in Antalya 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.
Holly Hutchinson with Sevil Yuldasheva were defeated by Virginia Ferrara & Georgia Pedone in the semi-final in Solarino 6-3, 7-5.
Next week Brits play in Helsinki, USA, Greece, India, Egypt, Columbia, Turkey, Luxembourg, Portugal & Italy.
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