Lloyd Glasspool at the 2020 Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, London, UK
Lloyd Glasspool at the 2020 Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, London, UK | (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Battle Of The Brits)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Lloyd Glasspool runner up in ATP Montpellier

By Glenys Furness

  • Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara were runners up in France
  • Took the top seeds to a match tiebreak
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara entered the ATP 220 event in Montpellier. The Brit/Fin were unseeded and made the final before losing out to the top seeds.

 

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Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovarra entered the ATP 250 event in Montpellier, the pair were unseeded. In the first round the Brit/Fin were drawn against Hugo Nys & Benjamin Bonzi. Glasspool & Heliovaara stormed through the first set, breaking almost at will to take the lead. The second set proved to be closer, as Nys & Bonzi stayed with the Brit/Fin. Eventually, though, it was Glasspool & Heliovaara that secured the break of serve to move into the next round 6-1, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw the pair drawn against the fourth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi & Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The Brit/Fin started well, with the fourth seeds trying to stay with them. Glasspool & Heliovaara secured the break of serve to take the lead. The second set was more of the same. Qureshi & Nedovyesov could not break serve to get into the match. The Brit/Fn moved into the semi-final 6-4, 6-4.

In the semi-final Glasspool & Heliovaara were against the only other Brit in the drawn. Jonny O’Mara & Hunter Reese. The Brit/American had destroyed the second seeds on the way to the semi-final. However, as much as they tried, Glasspool & Heliovaara were just too strong. The Brit/Fin moved into the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The final saw Glasspool & Heliovaara against the top seeds Nicolas Mahut & Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The Brit/Fin got the better of the top seeds in the first set, breaking serve to move ahead. The second set was much closer as the French pair stayed with Glasspool & Heliovaara and forced a tiebreak. The top seeds outclassed the Brit/Fin in the breaker and levelled the match. A match tiebreak would be needed to settle things. The breaker was a very tight affair, but eventually the top seeds secured the mini break and took the title 4-6, 7-6(3), 12-10.

 

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Doubles Round Up

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Sophie Chang & Angela Kulikov in the final in Rome, USA 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7.

Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Isabelle Haverlag & Justina Mikulskyte in the quarter-final in Sharm El Sheikh 7-6(5), 6-4.

Abigail Amos with Melissa Boyden were defeated by Ines Ibbou & Maria Sholokova in the first round in Monastir 6-2, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in Rotterdam, Dallas, Benguluru, Cherbourg, Shrewsbury, USA, St Petersburg, Egypt, Birmingham, Australia, Tunisia & India.

 

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