By Glenys Furness
- Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury knocked out third seeds on way to Semi Final
- Anna Smith & Paula Kania also made the Semi Final in Surbiton
SURBITON, LONDON – Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury edged in the Semi Final of the Surbiton Challenger, whilst Anna Smith & Paula Kania equalled the feat in the ITF ladies event.
Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury faced Marcos Baghdatis & Dudi Sela in the first round. The Brits entered on a wildcard and got off to the best start. Klein & Salisbury sealed the break needed to claim the first set. The Cypriot/Israeli pairing were not going to go away without a fight though, coming back in the next set to level up the match. A match tiebreak would settle who made the quarter-finals. The Brits stepped up to edge the tiebreak and set up a meeting with the third seeds 6-4, 3-6. 10-7.
The quarter-final saw the Brits against Sam Groth and Andre Sa, the third seeds started well and forced a tiebreak. Klein & Salisbury couldn’t keep up the pressure in the breaker, the Australian/Brazilian pairing sealed the tiebreak in emphatic fashion. The Brits fought back in the second, just as the set looked to be heading to another breaker Klein & Salisbury secured a break and levelled up the match. Once again a match tiebreak was needed to decide the Semi finalists. The Brits really dominated the match tiebreak and secured the win 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-3.
In the semi-final the Brits were against the top seeds of Marcus Daniell & Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi. Klein & Salisbury pushed the Kiwi/Pakistan team all the way. Taking the first set from the top seeds, it looked that another seed could fall to the wildcard pair. Daniell & Qureshi had other plans though and soon had the match level by taking the second set. Yet again a match tiebreak would be needed to decide the finalists, the top seeds sealed the win in the breaker. 7-5, 3-6, 6-10. Daniell & Qureshi went on to win the title.
On the WTA side the ITF event Anna Smith teamed up with Paula Kania and were the third seeds. The first round the seeds were drawn to play Laura Robson & Jocelyn Rae. The first set went to a tiebreak as neither pair gave an inch, the third seeds secured the tiebreak. The second set saw the all British team dominate the seeds who were not able to win any games. In the ensuing match tiebreak Smith & Kania dominated to seal their place in the quarter-final 7-6(4), 0-6, 10-3.
The seeds were due to play Jamie Loeb & An-Sophie Mestach in the quarter final, their opponents withdrew meaning that Smith & Kania had made the semi-final without having to hit a ball in this match. The semi-final had the seeds against Monique Adamczak & Storm Sanders. Smith & Kania started well, and dominated the first set, the Aussies though fought back in the second to level up. Just like on the mens side, a match tiebreak would decide the finalists. Smith & Kania were edged out in the breaker 6-2, 4-6, 7-10 – The Australians went on to win the title.
Doubles Round up
Harriet Dart & Katy Dunne lost in the Quarter finals to the Australians 2-6, 6-7(3)
Katie Boulter & Gabriella Taylor lost in the first round (to Dart & Dunne) 4-6, 1-6
Heather Watson & Asia Muhammad lost in the first round to the Australians 4-6, 1-6
Tara Moore & Nicola Geuer lost in the first round 3-6, 4-6
Naomi Broady & Maria Sanchez lost in the Quarter final 4-6, 4-6
Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls lost in the first round 0-6, 4-6
Ken & Neal Skupski lost in the first round 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 9-11
Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool lost in the first round 3-6, 4-6
Luke Bambridge & Cameron Norrie lost in the first round 4-6, 4-6
Next week Brits play in Nottingham, s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart & Manchester
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