By Glenys Furness

  • Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls take the title in Israel without dropping a set
  • Take out top seeds en route to the final
RAMAT HASHARON, ISRAEL – Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls take the ITF 15K doubles title without dropping a set.

Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were unseeded entering the ITF event in Israel. In the first round their opponents were the fourth seeds Madeleine KobeltLinnéa Malmqvist. The Brits managed to get the break in the first set and held on for the lead. The second set saw the American/Swedish team fail to make an impact on the game of Barnett & Nicholls. The Brits secured the place in the next round 6-4, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw the Brits against Gozal Ainitdinova & Anna Pribylova. The Kazakh/Russian pairing failed to break Barnett & Nicholls and soon had lost the first set after being broken twice. The Brits were on a roll now, and Ainitdinova & Pribylova had nothing to phase them. The Brits moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

In the semi-final Barnett & Nicholls found themselves against the top seeds Ching-Wen HsuAnastasia Pribylova. The first set was the toughest they had to date, with the Taiwan/Russian pairing fighting hard and forcing a tiebreak. In the breaker the Brits dominated and sealed the set.

The second set proved to be much easier for Barnett & Nicholls against the tops seeds, as the Brits got a handle on the Hsu/Pribylova serve and secured the necessary break. Once again the Brits have proven too strong for their challengers and taken the match in straight sets 7-6(2), 6-3.

In the final Barnett & Nicholls faced Charlotte Römer & Caroline Werner. The Brits managed to figure out the game of the Ecuadorian/German in the first set and secured the break needed for the lead. In the second set Römer & Werner mounted a fightback, taking the Brits to a tiebreak. The Ecuadorian/German forced Barnett & Nicholls to step things up, and the Brits took the breaker to win the title 6-4, 7-6(4).

 

Doubles Round Up

Dom Inglot & Neal Skupski lost in the first round of Irving Challenger, the Brits won the first set 6-3, then lost the next 6-1, 10-8.

Liam Broady with Ruan Roelofse lost in quarter-final of Drummondville 6-3, 7-5.

Luke Bambridge & Joe Salisbury lost in the first round of Drummondville, the second seeds won the first set 7-5, then lost the next 6-4, 10-8.

Billy Harris with Maciej Rajski lost in the semi-final of Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-1, 7-5.

Aidan McHugh with Jakub Paul lost in the quarter-final of Egypt 6-4, 6-1.

Freya Christie with Albina Khabibulina lost in the final of Gwalior, losing the first set 6-3, winning the next 6-2 but then losing the Match tiebreak 10-5.

Laura Robson with Fanni Stollár won their first round match in Toyota, but then Laura had to withdraw so handed a walkover to their opponents in the quarter-final.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lost in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells to Sam Querrey and Gilles Muller 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-2.

Next week Brits play in Lille, Miami, California, Italy, Portugal, Bahrain, Greece, Israel, Turkey & Australia

 

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