By Glenys Furness
- Heather Watson & Naomi Broady reached the final in Hong Kong
- Defeated by top seeds in straight sets
HONG KONG, CHINA – Heather Watson & Naomi Broady ended a great week in the doubles by reaching the final.
Watson & Broady entered the doubles in Hong Kong. The first round had the Brits against another non seeded pairing. A slow start saw Watson & Broady drop the first set to Ya-Hsuan Lee & Kotomi Takahata. It didn’t take long for the Brits to gel however, taking the second set to force a match tie break.
Watson & Broady were pushed close in the breaker but eventually overcame Lee & Takahata to move into the quarter final. 4-6, 6-3. 10-8. The Brits opponents in the quarter final were Chang Liu & Jia-Jang Lu. Watson & Broady wasted no time in dispatching Liu & Lu in straight sets to move to the Semi Final 6-2, 7-5.
The Semi Final opponents were Nao Hibino & Aleksandrina Neydenova. Watson & Broady continued their fine form as the saw off the Japanese/Bulgarian pairing once again in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
In the final the Brits were playing the top seeds Hao-Ching Chan & Yung-Jan Chan. This proved to be a step too far. The Taipei players only dropped one set en route to the final. The top seeds totally dominated the final, losing only four games as they defeated Watson & Broady for the win 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles, Challenger and ITF round up
Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares were top seeds in Shanghai, had a bye in the first round, a walkover in the second round, and lost their quarter final match in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(4).
Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith lost in the first round of Linz 6-4, 5-7, 10-3.
Brydan Klein lost in the Semi Final of Fairfield Challenger 6-2. 6-4. In the doubles Klein teamed up with Steven De Waard and seeded fourth, they lost in the quarter final.
Liam Broady & Lloyd Glasspool lost in the first round to Klein & De Waard
Joe Salisbury & David O’Hare lost in the first round in straight sets.
Next week Brits play in Antwerp, Las Vegas, Harlingen, Luxembourg & Stockholm
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