By Glenys Furness
- Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson made the doubles final in Spain
- Defeated top seeds along the way
SANTANDER, SPAIN – Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson topped off a good week by reaching the final of the ITF Futures event. The Brits defeated the top seeds en route to the final.
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Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson entered the doubles event in Spain. The Brits first round opponents were the top seeds Boris Arias & Federico Zeballos. The Bolivians were unable to deal with the Brits in the first set as Peniston & Watson dominated. The second set was a little closer although the Brits did break towards the end and held on for the win 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the Brits were up against Tukhula Jacobs & David Jorda Sanchis. The Nambian/Spaniard fought hard in the first set, however they were unable to stop Peniston & Watson claiming the set. Once again the second set was closer, however it was the Brits that came out on top again to progress to the semi-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
The semi-final saw the Brits face Sergio Martos Gornes & Pol Toledo Bague. The Spaniards were no match for Peniston & Watson who dominated in both sets. No matter what the Spaniards tried they could not make any inroads in the match. It was the Brits that progressed to the final in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
In the final the Brits were against the second seeds Ivan Gakhov & Jaume Pla Malfeito. The Russian/Spaniard pair were made to fight hard by Peniston & Watson but ultimately the seeds proved that little bit stronger. Gakhov & Pla Malfeito claimed the title in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Robert Lindstedt & Rajeev Ram in the first round of Winston-Salem 6-2, 6-4.
Joe Salisbury & Neal Skupski were defeated by Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecau in the semi-final of Winston-Salem 7-5, 6-1.
Joshua Paris with Martin Beran were defeated by Grigoriy Lomakin & George Tsivadze in the quarter-final of Belarus 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-7.
Scott Duncan with Conor Berg were defeated by Timofei Skatov & Alexander Zgirovsky in the first round of Belarus 6-4, 6-4.
Mark Whitehouse with Mitchell McDaniels were defeated by Hsu Yu-Hsiou & Makoto Ochi in the quarter-final of South Korea 6-4, 6-2.
Emily Appleton with Hanna Chang were defeated by Jeong Yeong-Won & Park Sang-Hee in the semi-final in Korea 7-5, 6-3.
Helena Jansen Figueras with Nuria Brancaccio were defeated by Michaela Boev & Catherine Chantraine in the semi-final of Belgium 6-1, 6-4.
Soumeya Anane with Elaine Genovese were defeated by Klara Hajkova & Aneta Laboutkova in the quarter-final of Hungary 4-6, 6-3, 10-3.
Next week Brits play in New York, Mallorca, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Korea & Kazakhstan.
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