Heather Watson & Yanina Wickmayer made the doubles final in Surbiton
The Brit/Belgian were beaten by Americans in the final
Heralding the start of the grass court season
SURBITON, UK – Heather Watson & Yanina Wickmayer teamed up in the ITF event in Surbiton and made the final. The Brit/Belgian were forced to match tie breaks en route to the runner up prize.
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Heather Watson teamed up with Yanina Wickmayer at the ITF event in Surbiton, hailing the start of the grass court season. The pair were unseeded. In the first round the Brit/Belgian drew Quinn Gleason & Maria Sanchez. The Americans were in trouble in the first set as Watson & Wickmayer broke serve and took the set. Gleason & Sanchez fought back in the second and levelled up. The ensuing match tie break went the way of the Brit/Belgian who eased through to the quarter-final 6-3, 5-7, 10-5.
The quarter-final saw Watson & Wickmayer face the all British pairing of Naiktha Bains & Naomi Broady. The Brit/Belgian started better and once again broke serve to take the first set. However, Bains & Broady regrouped and pulled level in the second set. The match tiebreak was much closer this time and it was Watson & Wickmayer that edged out the Brits to move into the semi-final 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
In the semi-final the Brit/Belgian pair were facing Ivana Jorović & Tereza Smitková. The Serbian/Czech pair started better and broke serve to lead. Watson & Wickmayer regrouped in the second set though, breaking serve to level up. The match tiebreak was a battle, however it was the Brit/Belgian that edged into the final 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.
The final saw Watson & Wickmayer up against Americans Jennifer Brady & Caroline Dolehide. Despite their best efforts the Brit/Belgian were not able to prevent breaks of serve in each set. Brady & Dolehide were unstoppable and took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
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