Ken Skupski
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Tennis | Doubles Round-up | Ken Skupski claims Eckental Challenger doubles title

By Glenys Furness

  • Ken Skupski & John-Patrick Smith claimed the title in Eckental
  • The Brit/Australian were second seeds
ECKENTAL, GERMANY – Ken Skupski teamed up with John-Patrick Smith and were seeded second. The Brit/Australian claimed the title, defeating the top seeds in the final.


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Ken Skupski and John-Patrick Smith teamed up for the Challenger event in Germany. The Brit/Australian were the second seeds. In the first round Skupski & Smith drew Max Wildskant & Leopold Zima. The Germans were no match for the seeds, who lost only three games to move into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw the seeds against Nathaniel Lammons & Nicholas Monroe. The Americans were unable to get anywhere in the first set, as Skupski & Smith dominated. In the second set the Americans fought back. Lammons & Monroe forced a tiebreak and levelled the match. The deciding match tiebreak saw the seeds back on top as they moved into the semi-final 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-3.

In the semi-final the Brit/Australian were against Andre Begemann & Florin Mergea. The German/Romanian pair stayed close in the first and forced a tiebreak. However, the seeds pushed through to take the lead. The second set saw Begemann & Mergea break the serve of Skupski & Smith, holding on to level up the match. Once again a match tiebreak ensued. The second seeds edged the win to book a spot in the final 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7.

The final saw Skupski & Smith against the top seeds Sander Arends & Roman Jebavý. The Dutch/Czech Republic pair stayed toe to toe with the second seeds in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Australian dominated the breaker to take the lead. In the second set Skuspski & Smith broke serve and held on to take the title 7-6(2), 6-4.


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Doubles Round Up

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies in the quarter-final of Paris 6-4, 6-4.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek in the quarter-final of Paris   6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7.

Dom Inglot & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Mitchell KruegerBlaž Rola in the quarter-final of Charlottesville 6-2, 6-3.

Evan Hoyt with Maxime Janvier were defeated by Sekou Bangoura & Blaž Kavčič in the quarter-final of Charlottesville 6-4, 6-4.

Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Harri Heliövaara & Patrik Niklas-Salminen in the semi-final of Playford 7-5, 6-4.

Naiktha Bains with Tereza Mihalíková were defeated by Asia Muhammad & Storm Saunders in the final of Playsford 6-3, 6-4.

David Fox with Alexander Cozbinov were defeated by Oliver Crawford & Sam Raffice in the quarter-final of Florida 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

Sarah Beth Grey with Paige Hourigan were defeated by Beatrice Gumulya & Jessy Rompies in the first round of Texas 6-3. 7-6(4).

Jodie Burrage with Jaimee Fourlis were defeated by Giuliana Olmos & Ellen Perez in the quarter-final of Texas 6-3, 7-6(3).

Alicia Barnett with Stephanie Wagner were defeated by Beatrice Gumulya & Jessy Rompies in the quarter-final of Texas 6-1, 6-2.

Jake Hersey with Mikel Aranzabal were defeated by Nini Dica & Franco Feitt in the first round of Tunisia 6-3, 7-6(4).

Graziella Barnett with Humera Shaik were defeated by Giulia Crescenzi & Nicole Gadient in the quarter-final of Tunisia 7-5, 6-1.

Julian Cash with Piotr Matuszewski were defeated by Jan Zieliński & Kacper Zuk in the quarter-final of Egypt 6-1, 6-2.

Arthur Fery with Emilien Voisin defeated Mirko Martinez & Damien Wenger in the final of Spain 7-6(2), 6-4.

Samantha Murray with Quinn Gleason were defeated by Catherine Harrison & Peangtarn Plipuech in the first round of Canada 6-0, 6-7(1), 10-6.

Naomi Broady with Hayley Carter were defeated by Tara Moore & Emina Bektas in the quarter-final of Canada 6-3, 6-7(4), 11-11 RET.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Robin Anderson & Jessika Ponchet in the semi-final of Canada 6-2, 6-4.

Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Choi Ji-Hee & Akiko Omae in the first round of China 6-1, 3-6, 10-6.

Anna Popescu with Victoria Kalaitzis were defeated by Nora Niedmers & Carmen Schultheiss in the quarter-final of Italy 0-0 RET.

Next week Brits play in Kobe, Knoxville, France, USA, Greece, Kuwait, Mexico, Tunisia, Mozambique, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Egypt & Italy.


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