By Glenys Furness
- Emily Webley-Smith teamed with Ankita Raina to win the title in Hua Hin
- Didn’t drop a set en route
- Farris Gosea with Nathaniel Lammons take title in Cordoba.
HUA HIN, THAILAND – Emily Webley-Smith teamed with Indian Ankita Raina to claim the doubles title. Whilst in Cordoba Farris Gosea and American Nathaniel Lammons equalled the performance to claim the doubles in Mexico.
Emily Webley-Smith and Ankita Raina were the top seeds for the event in Thailand. The first match of the week saw the Brit/Indian pair barely troubled. The first set one break was all they needed, once this was secure it seemed to take the fight from their opponents and they strolled the next set serving up a breadstick along the way 6-4, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the Brit/Indian pair were again barely troubled by their opposition, it was a little more difficult than the first round, but the top seeds were on fine form once again. Taking the first set with one break of serve, the second was dominated by the top seeds as the made the semi final with ease 6-4, 6-2.
The semi-final had the top seeds against unseeded opponents. Patcharin Cheapchandej & Sung-Hee Han had knocked out the third seeds in the quarter finals. Webley-Smith & Raina were not to be out done here though. The top seeds dished out a tennis lesson to their lower ranked opponents, as they effectively took a walk in the park to the final. The top seeds lost just two games to book the final spot 6-1, 6-1.
In the final the top seeds also faced unseeded opponents, it was to show. Once again the Brit/Indian lost no time in taking control and soon had the trophy in the bag. Another tennis lesson was handed out as the top seeds totally obliterated their opponents 6-2, 6-0.
Over in Mexico Farris Gosea & Nathaniel Lammons were seeded third. Their first round opponents were a pair of Mexicans. The Brit/American pairing would not have been popular as they totally destroyed the Mexicans. Just like in Hua Hin, the seeds lost just two games in the first round. 6-2, 6-0.
In the quarter final, Gosea & Lammons had an all American team of Evan Song & Shane Vinsant, this was a better match up for the seeds as the Americans proved more of a battle. The first set saw neither team give an inch, as the set went to a tiebreak. The breaker was very close, but Gosea & Lammons edged ahead to seal it. The second set saw the seeds break once to take their place in the semi final 7-6(6), 6-4.
The semi final had the third seeds against Adam El Mihdawy & Samuel Monette. The American/Canadian pairing though were unable to do anything against Gosea & Lammons. The third seeds soon had the match in the bag and had only lost four games to book their final spot 6-3, 6-1.
The final saw Gosea & Lammons against Hunter Callahan & Bernado Saraiva. This was to be the most difficult match of their run, as the third seeds needed to go the distance. After breaking in the first set, their opponents refused to give in during the second set. Eventually the set needed to be decided on a tiebreak. The American/Portugese just edged the breaker to force a match tie break set. Fortunately Gosea & Lammons were in the mood for the trophy and managed to sneak the title on the match tie break 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-8.
Other Doubles results
Harriet Dart with Chanel Simmonds were seeded three – lost in the QF in Hua Hin
Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lost in QF in Madrid
Brydan Klein & Matthew Ebden lost in the QF in Seoul
Joe Salisbury & David O’Hare lost in the first round in Seoul (to Klein & Ebden)
Next week Brits play in Rome, Busan, Bordeaux & Helibronn
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