By Glenys Furness
- Naomi Broady with Asia Muhammad claimed the doubles title in Japan
- The pair only dropped one set en route to the trophy
FUKUOKA, JAPAN – Naomi Broady and Asia Muhammed teamed up and claimed their first ITF title together. The pair only dropped one set en route to the title.
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Naomi Broady & Asia Muhammed were seeded second at the event in Japan. Their first round opponents were Abigail Tere-Apisah & Olivia Tjandramulia, the Brit/American wasted no time in getting the break of serve needed in both sets, to move into the next round 6-4, 6-4.
The quarter-final saw the second seeds up against the Japanese pairing of Erina Hayashi & Robu Kajitani. The Brit/American dominated the match from start to finish, losing only two games to move easily into the semi-final 6-1, 6-1.
In the semi-final Broady & Muhammed faced their toughest battle to date. Up against Ayaka Okuno & Tammi Patterson, and the seeds lost the first set on a tiebreak. The Brit/American managed to re-group and dominate the second set to level things up. In the final match tiebreak the Japanese/Australian pairing kept close with the seeds, but it was Broady & Muhammed that edged the breaker to progress 6-7(3), 6-2, 11-9.
The final saw a partial battle of the Brits, as the second seeds were up against Tara Moore & Amra Sadiković. The Brit/Swiss pairing though were no match for Broady & Muhammed who lost only two games to claim the title and lift the trophy 6-2, 6-0.
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Doubles Round Up
Katy Dunne & Gabriella Taylor were defeated by Rika Fujiwara & Ksenia Lykina in the first round of Fukuoka 6-3, 6-2.
Laura Robson with Jacqueline Cako were defeated by Haruka Kaji & Ayano Shimizu in the quarter-final of Fukuoka 6-4, 7-6(5).
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Bob & Mike Bryan in the quarter-final of Madrid 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-7.
Johanna Konta with Zhang Shuai were defeated by Andreja Klepač & María José Martínez Sánchez in the quarter-final of Madrid 6-4, 6-2.
Joe Salisbury with Jonathan Eysseric were defeated by Bradley Klahn & Peter Polansky in the quarter-final of Aix-en-Provence 7-6(8), 6-4.
Brydan Klein with Brayden Schnur were defeated by Frederick Nielsen & Vasek Pospisil in the first round in Gimcheon 6-2, 7-5.
Edward Harwood with Tyler Hoffman were defeated by Diego Hidalgo & Sem Verbeek in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-0, 6-2.
Thomas Colautti with Alexander Day were defeated by Elliott Farmer & Naoki Takeda in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
Farmer & Takeda were defeated by Anis Ghorbel & Vasko Mladenov in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-2, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Rome, Lisbon, Poland, Tunisia, Mexico, Bulgaria, Spain, Japan, China, Korea, Israel & Sweden.
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