By Glenys Furness

  • Emily Arbuthnott with Emilie Francati lift the doubles title in Sweden
  • Defeated three seeded pairs en route to the trophy

YSTAD, SWEDEN  – Emily Arbuthnott teamed up with Emilie Francati at the ITF event. The non seeded pairing lifted the title after taking out three seeded pairs along the way.

 

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Emily Arbuthnott joined forces with Emilie Francati in Sweden for the doubles. Their first round opponents were Estelle Cascino & Dasha Ivanova. The French/American pairing started the better, getting the jump on the Brit/Dane. Having broken Arbuthnott & Francati the French/American pair held firm to take the set.

The Brit/Dane re-grouped in the second set, breaking Cascina/Ivanova to level the match and force a match tiebreak to decide the quarter-finalists. In the tiebreak both pairs tried hard to get the win, keeping the score close However it was Arbuthnott & Francati who edged ahead to seal the win 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.

In the quarter-final the Brit/Dane were against the second seeds Vivien Juhaszova & Romy Koelzer. The Slovak/German pairing stayed toe to toe with Arbuthnott & Francati during the first set, before the unseeded pair got the break of serve at the end of the set. The second set was a bit easier for the Brit/Dane as Juhaszova & Koelzer were outplayed. Just one break of serve was needed for the Brit/Dane progressed in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

The semi-final Arbuthnott & Francati were against the fourth seeds Marie BenoîtAndreea Amalia Rosca. The Belgian/Romanian pair held the Brit/Dane to a tiebreak in the first set, however the unseeded pair were not going to falter and took the tiebreak easily. The second set proved to be much of an easier ride for Arbuthnott & Francati as the broke the seeds serve to book the spot in the final 7-6(3), 6-3.

In the final the Brit/Dane were up against the third seeds Chen Pei Hsuan & Wu Fang-Hsien. The Chinese Taipei pairing proved to be no match for Arbuthnott & Francati as the Brit/Dane dominated the match losing only three games to win the title in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

 

Doubles Round Up

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Henri Kontinen & John Peers in the final of Queens 6-4, 6-3.

Kyle Edmund & Neal Skupski were defeated by Kontinen & Peers in the semi final of Queens 7-6(5), 5-7, 10-6.

Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Nikola Mektic & Alexander Peya in the quarter-final of Halle 6-3, 6-3.

Katie Boulter & Heather Watson were defeated by Barbora KrejčíkováKateřina Siniaková in the quarter-final of Birmingham 6-2, 6-0.

Anna Smith with Xena Knoll were defeated by Andreja KlepačMaría José Martínez Sánchez in the semi-final of Mallorca 6-4, 6-4.

Joe Salisbury with Frederik Nielsen were defeated by Austin Krajicek & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in the quarter-final of Ilkley 6-3, 6-3.

Liam Broady & Scott Clayton were defeated by were defeated by Krajicek & Nedunchezhiyan in the semi-final of Ilkely 7-5, 6-3.

Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Siriam BalajiVishnu Vardhan in the first round of Ilkley 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Jack Findel-Hawkins & Luke Johnson were defeated by Jonathan Eysseric & Hugo Nys in the first round of Ilkley 7-6(4), 7-6(3).

Danielle Daley & Louise Holtum were defeated by Natela DzalamidzeGalina Voskoboeva in the first round of Ilkley 6-7(3), 6-3, 10-5.

Olivia Nicholls & Gabriella Taylor were defeated by Eri HozumiLuksika Kumkhum in the quarter-final of Ilkley 6-1, 4-6, 10-3.

Next week Brits play in Roehampton, Eastbourne, Belgium, Spain, USA, Netherlands, Portugal, Southsea, Germany & Sweden.

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