By Glenys Furness
- Dom Inglot & Henri Kontinen sealed victory in St Petersburg
- A fightback sees the pair win 4-6, 6-3, 12-10
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – Dom Inglot and Henri Kontinen joined forces and won the ATP 250 doubles title.
Inglot paired up with Wimbledon Mixed doubles champion Kontinen to play in St Petersburg. As top seeds they were expected to make the final. The Brit and the Fin did not have things their own way en route to the title, the first round again Guillermo Duran & Mariusz Fyrstenberg could have gone either way.
The Davis Cup holder and the Wimbledon mixed doubles champion were edged in the first set tiebreak, before the top seeds dominated the second set tiebreak. In the match tiebreak that followed Inglot & Kontinen proved their mettle as they pulled ahead to win the match 6-7(7), 7-6(2), 10-6
Paolo Lorenzi & Adrian Mannarino were the quarter final opponents after Jonny Marray & Adil Shamasdin had to retire against them at 4-2 down. The Brit/Fin once again found themselves on the wrong end of a tiebreak set. However, they rallied quickly and levelled the match as they dominated the second set. The deciding match tiebreak went the way of the top seeds as they took the match 6-7(5), 6-1, 10-7.
In the semi-final, Inglot & Kontinen were up against the Russian pairing of Konstantin Kravchuk & Andrey Kuznetsov. The top seeds made light work of the Russians, dominating the match and sealing the win in straight sets for the loss of only three games 6-3, 6-0.
Standing in the way of the Brit/Fin pair were Leander Paes & Andre Begemann. The Indian/German were not intimidated by the top seeds. Paes & Begemann took the first set so once again Inglot & Kontinen had to come from a set down. Finding the rhythm in the second set Inglot & Kontinen soon levelled up the match. The title would be decided by a match tiebreak.
After taking what appeared to be an unassailable lead, the Brit/Fin were pegged back by the Indian/German. Eventually the top seeds edged the match tiebreak to take the title 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.
Doubles, ATP Challenger & ITF Round-up
Around the rest of the tour and Colin Fleming & Scott Lipsky made the semi-final in Metz. (ATP 250)
Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith fell in the first round at Guangzhou against Martina Hingis & Jelena Jankovic
Emily Webley-Smith with Jacqueline Cako lost at the Korea Open in the first round against the top seeds Eri Hozumi & Oksana Kalashnikova.
Cameron Norrie made the second round of the Columbus Challenger when the fifth seed retired 7-6, 1-0 down. Lloyd Glasspool & Brydan Klein both lost in straight sets in round one. Luke Bambridge and Glasspool were edged in the quarter final of the doubles.
Eden Silva made the final of the ITF Nottingham 10k going down to the top seed Margot Yerolymos.
Mirabelle Njoze progressed to the semi-final of the ITF Sharm El Sheikh 10k
Next week Brits play in Chengdu, Shenzhen, Tashkent, Orleans, Rome.
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