By Glenys Furness
- Luke Bambridge & Neal Skupski lifted the trophy in Chicago
- The Brits didn’t drop a set all tournament
CHICAGO, USA – Luke Bambridge & Neal Skupski claimed their second title together. Teaming up for the Challenger in America the Brits were second seeds and did not drop a set.
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Luke Bambridge & Neal Skupski joined forces again in Chicago. After claiming the title in Vancouver the pair entered the Challenger event in Chicago and were seeded second. Their first round opponents were Mitchell Krueger & Jackson Withrow. The Americans were unable to break the serve of the Brits and saw their own serve broken in each set. The second seeds progressed to the quarter-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brits were up against Sekou Bangoura & Joris De Loore. The American/Belgian pairing got off to a bad start, finding their serve broken early. Bambridge & Skupski dominated the first set breaking at will. The seeds claimed the set for the loss of only one game. Bangoura & De Loore re-grouped in the second set and managed to hold serve. With the set heading towards a tiebreak the seeds were finally able to break serve and move to the semi-final 6-1, 7-5.
The semi-final saw the second seeds play Evan King & Nathan Pasha. The Americans proved to be a challenge and stayed with the Brits in the first set. Although King & Pasha forced a tiebreak, the Americans were unable to stop the seeds taking the set. The second set was much easier for Bambridge & Skupski and they broke serve to progress into the final 7-6(3), 6-3.
In the final the Brits were against the top seeds of Leander Paes & Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela. Bambridge & Skupski managed to break the serve of the Indian/Mexican pair to take the lead. In the second set the second seeds continued the form of previous matches, once again breaking the serve of Paes & Reyes-Varela to lift the trophy 6-3, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Dan Evans & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Matt Reid & Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round in Cassis 2-6, 7-5, 10-5.
Lloyd Glasspool & Joshua Paris were defeated by Francesco Ferrari & Michail Pervolarakis in the quarter-final in Canada 6-2, 1-1 RET.
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradley were defeated by Hiroyasu Ehara & Sho Katayama in the quarter-final in Canada 7-5, 6-4.
Luke Johnson with Christian Seraphim were defeated by Jorge Blanco Guadalupe & Joy Vigani in the semi-final in Tunisia 3-6, 6-2, 10-4.
Helena Jansen Figueras with Julia Vulpio were defeated by Maria Manilova & Cristina Moroi in the first round in Tunisia 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-8.
Anna Popescu with Nadia Echeverría Alam were defeated by Paula Arias Manjón & Andrea Lazaro Garcia in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-2, 6-1.
Isabella Nunez with Anait Arutyunyan were defeated by Patricia Boentgen & Julita Saner in the first round in Marbella 6-1,6-3.
Tara Moore with Conny Perrin were defeated by Laura Pigossi & Maryna Zanevska in the semi-final in Switzerland 6-0, 6-3.
Emilie Lindh with Brittany Collens were defeated by Maria Masini & Ines Murta in the quarter-final in Portugal 6-1, 6-2.
Samantha Murray with Dasha Ivanova won the title in Portugal defeating Masini & Murta 0-6, 6-1, 10-4.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Radu Albot & Malek Jaziri in the quarter-final of the US Open 7-5, 6-4.
Jamie Murray with Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the mixed doubles title of the US Open 2-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Next week Brits play in Glasgow, Istanbul, Canada, Nottingham, Tunisia, France, Quebec.
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