Brit/Kiwi pairing didn’t drop a set until the final
WASHINGTON DC, USA – Neal Skupski and Michael Venus were the second seeds at the Citi Open. The Brit/Kiwi made it all the way to the final.
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Neal Skupski entered the Citi Open in Washington DC with Michael Venus. The Brit/Kiwi pairing were the second seeds. In the first round the seeds drew Fabrice Martin & Max Purcell. The French/Australian pair fought hard in the first set, before the seeds secured the relevant break of serve to take the lead. Skupski & Venus, overpowered Martin & Purcell in the second set, storming into the next round 7-5, 6-2.
In the quarter-final Skupski & Venus were against Cameron Norrie & Luke Saville. The seeds were too strong for the Brit/Australian and dominated the first set. In the second set Norrie & Saville tried to mount a fight back. However, the Brit/Kiwi proved too strong for Norrie & Saville and broke serve to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
The semi-final pitched Skupski & Venus against Sebastian Korda & Jannik Skinner. The American/Italian pair tried to stay with the Brit/Kiwi, however Skupski & Venus outplayed Korda & Skinner and took the lead. The second set saw the seeds power through and dominate the set without losing a game to move into the final 6-3, 6-0.
In the final the Brit/Kiwi were against the fourth seeds Raven Klaasen & Ben McLachlan. The South African/Japanese pair were pushed by Skupski & Venus in the first set. Neither side gave an inch and a tiebreak ensued. It was the fourth seeds that managed to edge ahead and take the lead. In the second set Skupski & Venus tried to fight back, however the fourth seeds managed to break serve to take the title 7-6(4), 6-4.
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