Emily Appleton & Yuriko Miyazaki took the title in America
Brit/Japanese were unseeded
FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA – Emily Appleton teamed up with Yuriko Miyazaki and claimed the title at the ITF event.
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Emily Appleton teamed up with Yuriko Miyazaki and entered the ITF event in South Carolina. The Brit/Japanese pair were unseeded. In the first round Appleton & Miyazaki drew Japanese pair Kurumi Nara & Moyuka Uchijima. The Brit/Japanese got off to the better start and broke Nara & Uchijima to take the lead. The Japanese pair re-grouped in the second set and broke the Brit/Japanese pair to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was Appleton & Miyazaki that edged ahead and booked a spot in the next round 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.
In the quarter-final the Brit/Japanese were drawn against Australian top seeds Abbie Myers & Ivana Popvic. Appleton & Miyazaki broke the Australians in the first set and took the lead. The second set saw Myers & Popvic try to level, however Appleton & Miyazaki stood firm. The Brit/Japanese moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
The semi-final saw Appleton & Miyazaki against Lu Jia-Jing & Katie Volynets. The Brit/Japanese were broken early by the Chinese/American pair and couldn’t get back on terms. The second set saw Appleton & Miyazaki re-group and stay toe to toe with Jia-Jing & Volynets. Right at the end of the set the Brit/Japanese secured the break of serve needed and levelled up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was edged by Appleton & Miyazaki to book a spot in the final 3-6, 7-5, 10-7.
In the final the Brit/Japanese were against the second seeds Americans Robin Anderson & Elysia Bolton. Appleton & Miyazaki broke early to take the lead and the Americans could not get back into the set. However, in the second Anderson & Bolton re-grouped and dominated the set to level up the match. The match tiebreak was very close. The Brit/Japanese edged the breaker to lift the trophy 6-3, 1-6, 10-8.
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