By Glenys Furness
- Laura Robson with Fanni Stollár win the doubles title in Japan
- The Brit was second seed with the Hungarian
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – Laura Robson with Fanni Stollar won the ITF 25K title in Japan facing no seeded opposition en route to the trophy.
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Laura Robson teamed up with Hungarian Fanni Stollár at the ITF event in Yokohama and the pair were seeded second in the doubles. In the first round the Brit/Hungarian faced Yuki Chiang and Julia Wachaczyk. The second seeds got off to a great start and had very little trouble with the American/German pairing, the seeds broke in each of the sets and went on to hold and take the match 6-3, 6-3.
The quarter-final saw the seeds against Rika Fujiwara and Dalma Gálfi, the Japanese/Hungarian started well and broke Robson & Stollár in the first set, to take the lead. However, the seeds soon got level in the match after breaking in the second set. A match tiebreak would decide the semi-finalists. Fujiwara & Gálfi were unable to stay the distance as the seeds surged ahead and didn’t look back, taking the match 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
In the semi-final Robson & Stollár were up against Haruka Kaji & Ayano Shimizu and the Japanese pairing tried hard to break the momentum of the second seeds, however, the Brit/Hungarian were not having any of it and secured the break of serve needed in each set to book their place in the final 6-4, 6-4.
The final saw the second seeds against another Japanese pairing Momoko Kobori & Chihiro Muramatsu. The home favourites got the perfect start and stayed with Robson & Stollár throughout the first set, the Japanese team even got the break right at the end of the set to take the lead.
Robson & Stollár fought back well in the second set though, having worked out the Japanese pair game they broke twice to level the match and force a match tiebreak to decide the winners. The second seeds had little trouble in the tiebreak and shot out to a lead that they never dropped, claiming the title 5-7, 6-2, 10-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Harriet Dart with Ayla Aksu lost in the semi-final of Yokohama 6-1, 7-5.
Luke Bambridge & Joe Salisbury took the title in Sherbrooke 6-3. 7-5
Billy Harris with Maciej Rajski lost in the final of Santa Margherita di Pula 7-5, 6-3
Toby Martin with Wilson Leite lost in the first round of Santa Margherita di Pula they took the first set 6-3 then lost the next 6-3, 10-8
Katy Dunne & Gabriella Taylor won the title in Mildura they lost the first set 7-5 then went on to win the next 7-6(4), 10-5
Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Santa Margherita di Pula & Drummondville.
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