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Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Howse & Pierleoni made the final of ITF Sharm El Sheikh

By Glenys Furness

  • Matthew Howse & Joel Pierleoni made the final in Egypt
  • Brits were unseeded
  • Defeated second seeds en route
SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – Matthew Howse & Joel Pierleoni made the final in Egypt. The Brits were unseeded and took out the second seeds en route.


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Matthew Howse & Joel Pierleoni entered the ITF event in Egypt and were unseeded. In the first round the Brits were against the second seeds Alexander Cozbinov & Daniil Golubev. The Brits dominated the first set, as the seeds were unable to hold serve. Howse & Pierleoni then broke the second seeds in the next set to move into the next round in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.

In the quarter-final the Brits were against unseeded pair of Michael Shaw & Koray Kirci. The Brit/Turk found the Brits too strong, as they struggled to get into the match. However, the second set saw Shaw & Kirci stay with Howse & Pierleoni to force a breaker. In the tiebreak the Brits dominated to secure the win and move into the semi-final 6-1, 7-6(2).

The semi-final saw the Brits against Michael Bassem Sobhy & Akram El Sallaly. The Egyptians tried hard in the first set, but saw Howse & Pierleoni break serve to take the lead. The second set was much closer, as the Brits and Egyptians battled. Just as it looked like a tiebreak was on the cards, the Brits got the break of serve to book a spot in the final 6-3, 7-5.

In the final the Brits were against the top seeds Jiri Barnat & Matej Vocel. The Czech pair stayed with the Brits and forced a tiebreak. Barnat & Vocel dominated the tiebreak and took the lead. The second set saw Barnat & Vocel break serve of the Brits and take the match 7-6(0), 6-4.


Doubles Round Up

Joshua Goodger with Jakob Schnaitter were defeated by Kareem Al Allaf & Joshua Sheehy in the quarter-final in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-2.

Madeleine Brooks & Emma Wilson were defeated by Mei Hasegawa & Wu Ho-Ching in the semi-final in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 1-6, 10-7.

Billy Harris with Akira Santillan were defeated by Marco Bortolotti & Sergio Martos Gornes in the first round in Las Franquesas del Valles 6-4, 6-3.

Jay Clarke with Lorenzo Giustino were defeated by N Vijay Sundar Prashanth & Anirudh Chandrasekar in the semi-final in Las Franquesas del Valles 7-5, 6-2.

Ryan Peniston with Sebastian Ofner were defeated by Vladyslav Manafov & Ivan Liyarevich in the first round in Zadar 6-4, 6-2.

Liam Broady & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Constantin Frantzen & Hendrik Jebens in the first round in Biel 3-6, 7-5, 10-5.

Scott Duncan & Marcus Willis were defeated by Jonathan Eysseric & David Pel in the quarter-final in St Brieuc 6-4, 6-4.

Charles Broom with Alexander Donski were defeated by Patrik Niklas-Salminen & Bart Stevens in the quarter-final in St Brieuc 6-0, 6-1.

Luke Johnson with Sam Verbeek were defeated by Albano Olivetti & Dan Added in the semi-final in St Brieuc 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

Alisha Reayer with Camila Romero were defeated by Irene Burillo Escorihuela & Lucia Cortez Llorca in the first round in Palmanova 6-7(5), 6-0, 10-5.

Blu Baker with Sekou Bangoura were defeated by Murphy Cassone & Vasil Kirkov in the first round in Calabasas 6-4, 7-5.

Adam Jones & Toby Martin were defeated by Colin Markes & Andrew Rogers in the first round in Calabasas 6-1, 6-2.

George Houghton & Dan Little were defeated by Goncalo Oliveira & Khumoyun Sultanov in the quarter-final in Toulouse-Balma 6-3, 6-3.

Patrick Brady & Harry Wendelken were defeated by Adan Freire Da Silva & Loann Massard in the semi-final in Toulouse-Balma 6-1, 6-2.

Naiktha Bains with Liang En-Shuo were defeated by Erina Hayashi & Yuki Naito in the semi-final in Canberra 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.

Anna Popescu with Fabienne Gettwart were defeated by Anastasia Safta & Lavinia Tanasie in the quarter-final in Heraklion 6-3, 4-6, 11-9.

Giles Hussey with Francois Musitelli were defeated by Andres Andrade & Andrea Picchione in the semi-final in Heraklion 6-4, 6-4.

James Markiewicz with Vesa Ahti were defeated by Mu Tao & Xiao Linang in the first round in Monastir 6-2, 6-3.

Maia Lumsden & Emily Webley-Smith were defeated by Irina Maria Bara & Andreea Mitu in the quarter-final in Maribor 6-3, 6-3.

Next Week Brits play in Miami, Mexico City, Sanremo, Girona, Lille, Italy, India, France, Tunisia, Egypt, Slovenia & Japan.