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Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Mark Whitehouse claims ITF title in Heraklion
Mark Whitehouse and Petros Chrysochos were seeded four
Brit/Cypriot pair didn’t drop a set until the final
HERAKLION, CRETE, GREECE – Mark Whitehouse and Petros Chrysochos entered the ITF event and were seeded fourth. The Brit/Cypriot pair made the final without dropping a set.
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Mark Whitehouse teamed up with Petros Chrysochos in Heraklion and were seeded fourth. The first round saw the Brit/Cypriot against Vasilos Caripi & Kelsey Stevenson. The South African/Canadian found the seeds too strong in the first set. Whitehouse & Chrysochos dominated and moved ahead, the second set was a little closer but the fourth seeds broke serve to move into the next round 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brit/Cypriot were against Ammar Elamin & Jason Janis. The Irish/German pair were dominated by the fourth seeds. Elamin & Janis were unable to get any games on the board as the seeds easily moved into the semi-finals 6-0, 6-0.
The semi-final saw the fourth seeds second seeds Luke Johnson & Pablo Vivero Gonzalez. The Brit/Spaniard were more competitive than the first round match, however Whitehouse & Chrysochos still dominated the first set. The second saw Johnson & Gonzalez try to get back into the match, the second seeds managed to stay with the fourth seeds for a while. However, the fourth seeds managed a break of serve to move into the final 6-2, 6-3.
In the final Whitehouse & Chrysochos were against the top seeds Hua Runhao & Zhang Ze. The Chinese got the better start and broke the serve of the fourth seeds to take the lead. The Brit/Cypriot regrouped in the second set and dominated the top seeds to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the fourth seeds got the mini break and didn’t look back. Whitehouse & Chrysochos claimed the title 4-Ja6, 6-2, 10-6.
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