LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Freya Christie plays a backhand shot during their round robin match against Beth Grey during Day One of the Battle of the Brits Premier League of Tennis at the National Tennis Centre on December 20, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for LTA)
Tennis | ITF Aldershot | Freya Christie, Ali Collins & Mark Whitehouse claim doubles titles
Freya Christie & Ali Collins claim the doubles title
Mark Whitehouse took the men’s doubles title
ALDERSHOT, UK – Freya Christie & Ali Collins entered the ITF event and were the third seeds. Mark Whitehouse was the second seed. Both pairs won their respective titles.
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Freya Christie & Ali Collins teamed up for the event in Aldershot. The pair were third seeds and in the first round the Brits drew Gao Xinyu & Xun Fang Ying. The Chinese were no match for the Brits in the first set, as Christie & Collins dominated and took the lead. The second set saw Gao & Xun stay with the Brits at the start of the set, but the seeds managed to break serve to move into the next round 6-1, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the seeds were against Jessica Matthews & Marine Szostak. Christie & Collins dominated from the start. The Brit/French pair were unable to get into the match. The Brits soon had the match under control and lost only two games before moving into the next round 6-2, 6-0.
The semi-final saw the seeds against Eri Shimizu & Ramu Ueda. The Japanese pair forced a tiebreak in the first set. The Brits edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw the seeds break serve and move into the final in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-3.
In the final Christie & Collins were against the fourth seeds Eliz Maloney & Andre Lukosiute. The pairs went toe to toe in the first set. Eventually, Christie & Collins broke serve to take the lead. The second set was very similar, but the third seeds broke earlier and lifted the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
Mark Whitehouse teamed up with Eero Vasa and were the second seeds. In the first round the seeds were against John Echeverria & Daniel Rincon. The Spaniards forced a tiebreak in the first set, which Whitehouse & Vasa edged through to take the lead. The second set saw the seeds break serve and move into the next round 7-6(5), 6-4.
The quarter-final saw Whitehouse & Vasa against Max Cunat & Antoine Hoang. The Frenchmen stayed with the seeds in the first set, before the Brit/Fin broke serve to take the lead. The second set was more of the same as Whitehouse & Vasa broke to move into the semi-final 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final Whitehouse & Vasa were against Scott Duncan & George Houghton. The unseeded Brits forced a tiebreak in the first set. The seeds eased through the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw both pairs stay toe to toe until finally the seeds broke serve and moved into the final 7-6(3), 6-4.
The final saw the seeds against the top seeds Theo Arribage & Luca Sanchez. The first set saw the top seeds break serve and take the lead. The second set went to a tiebreak. The Brits edged through the breaker and levelled up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the Brits took the lead and managed to stay ahead and lift the title 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-6.
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