Tara Moore with Emina Bektas finish runner up in California
The Brit/American pair took out the top seeds in semi-final
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, USA – Tara Moore and Emina Bektas ended their week runner up in the ITF event. The pair took out two seeded pairs en route.
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Tara Moore and Emina Bektas entered the ITF event in California and were unseeded. Their first round opponents were Jovana Jović & Conny Perrin. The Serbian/Swiss pair kept with Moore & Bektas in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/American pair fought well in the tiebreak edging the lead and the set. In the second set Moore & Bektas obtained the break of serve needed and moved into the quarter-final 7-6(5), 6-4.
The quarter-final saw Moore & Bektas up against the third seeds Catherine Harrison & Erin Routliffe. The American/Kiwi pair found themselves a break down in the first set and couldn’t break back. In the second set, the Brit/American were in full control. Harrison & Routliffe were broken twice as Moore & Bektas dominated the set to move into the semi-final 6-4, 6-2.
In the semi-final Moore & Bektas faced the top seeds Eri Hozumi & Aldila Sutjiadi. The Japanese/Indonesian pair got off to the better start, breaking the serve of the Brit/American and taking the lead. However, Moore & Bektas re grouped and took the fight to the top seeds. Hozumi & Sutjiadi were unable to keep pace as the match was levelled up. In the ensuing match tiebreak, play went back and forth. However, it was Moore & Bektas that edged into the lead and into the final 4-6, 6-2, 12-10.
The final saw the Brit/American against the fourth seeds Vania King & Maegan Manasse. The American pairing started better and broke the serve of Moore & Bektas to take the lead. The second set saw King & Manasse in full control, as Moore & Bektas struggled to hold serve. The Americans went on to claim the title 6-4, 6-2.
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Doubles Round Up
Naiktha Bains with Quinn Gleason were defeated by Vania King & Maegan Manasse in the quater-final of Newport Beach 6-3, 7-6(5).
Harry Wendleken with Karl Friberg were defeated by Gabriel Bosio & Samuel Vincent Ruggeri in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.
Alexis Canter with Lorenzo Bocchi were defeated by Filip Bergevi & Jonathan Mridha in the first round in Lucknow 6-2, 6-1.
Jonathan Binding & Harry Patten were defeated by Yuki Bhambri & Saketh Myneni in the quater-final in Lucknow 6-4, 6-3.
Anna Popescu with Chiara Scholl were defeated by Merel Hoedt & Ellessa Vanlangendonck in the quarter-final of Monastir 7-5, 6-7(1), 10-2.
Next week Brits play in Doha, Marseille, Guadalajara, St Petersburg, Biella, Egypt, India, Slovakia, Tunisia & Portugal.
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