Jodie Burrage & Oliva Nicholls made the final in Portugal
Fourth seeds dropped two sets in the whole event
MONTEMOR-O-NOVO, PORTUGAL – Jodie Burrage & Olivia Nicholls made the final of the ITF doubles event, the Brits were defeated by the second seeds.
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Jodie Burrage & Olivia Nicholls teamed up for the ITF event and were seeded fourth. In the first round the Brits were drawn against Sashi Kempster & Debora Madile. The Brit/Portuguese pair were totally dominated by the fourth seeds who lost only two games in the match to move into the quarter-finals 6-2, 6-0.
The quarter-final saw the Brits against Elizaveta Koklina & Daria Mishina. The Russians stayed toe to toe with the Brits, with neither pair giving an inch. The set went to a tiebreak, it was the fourth seeds that were edged out with the Russians taking the lead. This spurred the Brits on and they re-grouped. Burrage & Nicholls dominated the second set to level the match up. The ensuing match tiebreak also saw the seeds romp through to make the semi-final 6-7(5), 6-1, 10-5.
In the semi-final the Brits were against Maria Ines Fonte & Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Portuguese/Brazilian pair stayed with the seeds, until eventually Burrage & Nicholls broke the deadlock and took the lead. In the second set the Brits broke earlier and moved into the final in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.
The final saw the fourth seeds against the second seeds Marina Bassols Ribera & Ioana Loredana Roșca. The Spanish/Romanian pair played well and forced a tiebreak in the first set which the second seeds won. The Brits fought back in the next set and manged to break the Spanish/Romanian pairing to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the second seeds who ultimately edged through to take the title 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-6.
Doubles Round Up
Samantha Murray Sharan with Ankita Raina were defeated by Bibiane SchoSofia Shapatavaofs & Rosalie Van Der Hoek in the first round in Prague 6-1, 6-2.
Emily Webley-Smith with Vivian Heisen were defeated by Laura Ioana Parr & Julia Wachaczyk in the first round in Prague 6-4, 7-5.
Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Ekaterine Gorgodze & Sofia Shapatava in the first round in Prague 7-5, 7-6(5).
Harriet Dart & Cornelia Lister were defeated by Giulia Gatto-Monticone & Nadia Podoroska in the semi-final in Prague 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Liam Broady & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Benjamin Bonzi & Antoine Hoang in the first round in Cordenons 7-6(3), 7-6(6).
Isabella Nunez with Anait Arutyunyan were defeated by Olga Parres Azcoitia & Zheng Qinwen in the first round in Spain 6-3, 6-0.
Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Sina Hermann & Sabrina Rittberger in the quarter-final in Slovenia 6-1, 6-7(4), 10-8.
Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Mackenzie McDonald & Christopher Eubanks in the first round of the US Open 6-3, 6-2.
Ken Skupski with Santiago Gonzalez were defeated by Maximo Gonzalez & Simone Bolelli in the second round of the US Open 6-4, 6-3.
Dom Inglot with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were defeated by Jackson Withrow & Jack Sock in the second round of the US Open 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(5).
Jonny O’Mara with Marcelo Arevalo were defeated by Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau in the second round of the US Open 6-7(7), 6-2, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in New York (US Open), Kitzbühel, Istanbul, Saint Malo & Portugal.
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