Ryan Peniston & Mark Whitehouse make semi-final in Spain
Brits were seeded fourth and lost to second seeds
CASTELO-BRANCO, SPAIN – Ryan Peniston & Mark Whitehouse entered the ITF even and were the fourth seeds. The Brits were defeated by the second seeds in the semi-final.
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Ryan Peniston & Mark Whitehouse teamed up for the ITF event in Spain and were seeded fourth. The Brits first round opponents were Pedro Araujo & Fabio Coelho. The Portuguese pair were totally out played in the first set, the Brits broke at will and took the set without dropping a game. The second set saw the Portuguese pair manage to break the Brits serve and level up the match. This forced a match tiebreak which the Brits took convincingly and moved into the quarter-final 6-0, 4-6, 10-5.
In the quarter-final the Brits were against another Portuguese pair Manuel Goncalves & Hugo Maia. Peniston & Whitehouse had little trouble in the first set and managed to break Goncalves & Maia. Once the Brits were in the lead they didn’t look back in the set. The second set was more of the same as the fourth seed broke again to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
The semi-final saw the fourth seeds against the second seeds Mateus Alves & Igor Marcondes. The Brazilians were too powerful for the Brits in both sets. Alves & Marcondes dominated the match, as the Brits struggled to hold serve. Unfortunately the second seeds ultimately progressed through to the final 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles Round Up
Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Radu Albot & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the first round in Hamburg 0-6, 7-5, 10-8.
Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram were defeated by Wesley Koolhof & Nikola Mektic in the first round in Hamburg 6-4, 6-7(0), 12-10.
Jonny O’Mara with Marcel Arevalo were defeated by Andrey Golubev & Andrea Vavassori in the first round in Forli 6-1, 6-2.
Lloyd Glasspool & Cameron Norrie were defeated by Jonathan Erlich & Andrei Vasilevski in the quarter-final in Forli 0-0 (RET).
Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Hanna Bondar & Tereza Mihalikova in the first round in Prerov 6-4, 6-2.
Emily Arbuthnott with Helene Scholsen were defeated by Francisca Jorge & Olga Parres Azcoitia in the quarter-final in Porto 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Next week Brits play in Paris (French Open), Biella, Porto & Monastir.
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