Emily Appleton at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, 2018
Emily Appleton at the Aegon Classic Birmingham, 2018 (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Emily Appleton Claims title in ITF Florence

By Glenys Furness

  • 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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Doubles Round Up

Dan Evans & Neal Skupski were defeated by John Isner & Jack Sock in the first round in Indian Wells 6-3, 6-4.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Jan-Lennard Struff & Alexander Zverev in the first round in Indian Wells 6-4, 6-4.

Cameron Norrie with Luke Saville were defeated by Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram in the first round in Indian Wells 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Heather Watson with Zheng Saisai were defeated by Desirae Krawczyk & Alexa Guarachi Mathison in the first round in Indian Wells 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Tim Putz & Michael Venus in the second round in Indian Wells 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Jay Clarke with Arjun Kadhe were defeated by Marco Bortolotti & Sergio Martos Gornes in the semi-final in Napoli 7-6(3), 6-2.

Millen Hurrion with Antoine Escoffier were defeated by Kenny De Schepper & Luis Dussin in the first round in Rodez 6-4, 7-5.

Aidan McHugh with Yannick Mertens were defeated by Felix Corwin & Martin Damm in the semi-final in Rodez 2-6, 6-3, 10-5.

Sashi Kempster with Carolina Azadinho were defeated by Tina Cvetkovic & Pia Lovric in the first round in Lagos 6-2, 6-3.

Naiktha Bains & Emily Webley-Smith were defeated by Diana Marcinkevica & Yuan Yue in the semi-final in Lagos 6-4, 6-3.

Alexis Canter & Joshua Paris were defeated by Dominik Boehler & Karlo Cubelic in the first round in Doha 7-6(5), 6-1.

Dan Cox with Alec Deckers were defeated by Li Hanwen & Beibit Zhukayev in the quarter-final in Doha 3-6, 7-5, 11-9.

Alastair Gray & Ryan Storrie were defeated by Issa Alharrasi & Abdulhamid Mubarak in the quarter-final in Doha 0-0 (RET).

Julian Cash with Christian Sigsgaard defeated Li Hanwen & Beibit Zhukayev in the final in Doha 6-3, 6-3.

Jack Gibbens & Adam Jones were defeated by Dali Blanch & Nicholas Bybel in the first round in Cancun 5-2 (RET).

Giles Hussey with Austin Ansari were defeated by Dali Blanch & Nicholas Bybel in the quarter-final in Cancun 5-7, 7-6(4), 16-14.

Holly Hutchinson & Anna Popescu were defeated by Katerina Dimitrova & Vanessa Popa Teiusanu in the first round in Sozopol 0-0 (RET).

Billy Harris with Alexander Donski defeated Yan Bondarevskiy & Kai Wehnelt in the final in Sozopol 6-1, 6-4.

Blu Baker with Adolfo Vallejo were defeated by Ezekiel Clark & Tristan McCormick in the first round in Naples, Florida 7-6(5), 6-4.

Joshua Goodger with William Grant were defeated by Louroi Martinez & Damien Wenger in the second round in Naples, Florida 0-0 (RET).

Alisha Reayer with Camilla Romero were defeated by Ayumi Miyamoto & Mananchaya Sawangkaew in the quarter-final in Norman, Oklahoma 6-1, 4-6, 10-5.

Felix Gill & Jack Pinnington-Jones were defeated by John Sperle & Marlon Vankan in the first round in Antalya 6-4, 7-5.

Ananya Vartak with Maria Lou Faoro were defeated by Irene Lavino & Natalia Siedliska in the first round in Antalya 6-0, 6-0.

Danielle Daly & Eliz Maloney were defeated by Polina Iatcenko & Daria Krasnova in the quarter-final in Antalya 6-3, 6-2.

Josef Southcombe with Niki Kallyanda Poonacha were defeated by Anis Ghorbel & Mirko Martinez in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-3, 6-3.

Emilie Lindh with Asmitha Easwaramurthi were defeated by Ivana Sebestova & Eri Shimizu in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 6-2.

Next week Brits play in Antwerp, Losinj, Germany, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Mexico, USA, Turkey, Tunisia, Moscow, Tenerife, Spain, Israel & Egypt.


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