By Glenys Furness
- Top seeds claim title in Shrewsbury
- The Brits only drop one set en route to the trophy
SHREWSBURY, UK – Scott Clayton & Marcus Willis claimed the title at the ITF 25K Futures event. The Brits were the top seeds losing only one set en route to the trophy.
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Scott Clayton & Marcus Willis were the top seeds at the ITF 25K Futures event in Shrewsbury. In the first round the pair drew an all British pairing of Jonathan Binding & Elliott Farmer. Clayton & Willis were made to work hard in the first set, before securing the break of serve needed for the lead. In the second set Binding & Farmer were no match for the top seeds, with Clayton & Willis dominating for a 6-4, 6-2 win.
The quarter-final saw the top seeds against another all British pairing of Samm Butler & Adam Jones. Once again the top seeds were made to work for the break in the first set. Clayton & Willis secured the set and again dominated their lower ranked opponents in the second to move to the semi-final with a 6-4, 6-2 win.
It was the semi-final that saw the top seeds pushed the distance for the first time in the competition. Clayton & Willis were facing the third seeds Joris De Loore & Yannick Mertens. The Belgians kept toe to toe with the Brits and forced the first set to a tiebreak, which they edged.
The top seeds needed to fight back and they did, the Brits stayed in the game and forced the second set into another tiebreak. This time it was Clayton & Willis who sealed the breaker and forced the match tiebreak third set. De Loore & Mertens were unable to stay with the top seeds and the Brits booked the final spot 6-7(7), 7-6(4), 10-3.
In the final the Brits were against the fourth seeds Harri Heliövaara & Frederik Nielsen. The first set was comfortable for Clayton & Willis as they strolled out to a lead. It was in the second set that the Fin/Danish pairing started a fightback, trying to stay with the Brits. Ultimately it was a break of serve by the Brits that secured the title 6-2, 7-5.
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Doubles Round Up
George Houghton & James Story lost in the first round at Shrewsbury, the Brits won the first set 6-3, but then lost the remaining 6-2, 10-4.
Billy Harris & Evan Hoyt lost in the quarter-final of Shrewsbury 7-6(4), 6-4.
Neal Skupski with Daniel Nestor lost in the first round in New York 6-3, 6-1.
Anna Smith with Renata Voracova lost in the first round in Doha 6-3, 6-3
Ken Skupski with Antonio Sancic lost in the final in Cherbourg, the top seeds won the second set 6-1 but lost the first 6-3 and the match tiebreak 10-4.
Conor Macdonald & Philip Sikman lost in the first round in Tunisia, the Brits won the first set on a tiebreak 7-6(4) but then lost the next 6-4, 10-7
Katy Dunne with Kimberly Birrell lost in the first round of Perth 7-5, 6-4
Emily Webley-Smith with Anastasia Pribylova lost in the semi-final of Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-3
Jodie Anna Burrage with Amina Anshba lost in the quarter-final of Antalya 6-2, 6-4
Next week Brits play in Rio, Marseille, Delray Beach, Dubai, Budapest, Bergamo, & Kyoto.
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