By Glenys Furness
- Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury take title in Las Vegas
- Brits drop only two sets en route to 2nd challenger doubles title.
LAS VEGAS – USA – Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury claim their second challenger doubles title together. The top seeds only dropped two sets en route to the trophy.
Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury were the top seeds in Las Vegas, and as a result had a bye in the first round. Their first match was the quarter-final against Boris & Stefan Kozlov. The Americans pushed the Brits close in the first set, neither pairing giving anything away. Eventually the set hit a tiebreak, the Brits dominated this and did not lose a single point.
The second set proved a little trickier for the top seeds, as the Americans managed a break of serve. The Brits were unable to break back and the set was out of reach, the match was now level and a match tiebreak would follow. In the tiebreak the top seeds once again showed their class to dominate, losing only three points to take the match and a semi-final place 7-6(0), 4-6, 10-3.
In the semi-final the Brits were against Kevin King & Ruan Roelofse. Klein & Salisbury were made to fight for the first set, and like the quarter-final this went to a tiebreak, This one was much closer as the Brits came through the breaker, but had been made to work for it. The second set was easier for the seeds as they managed to get a break of serve and take the match 7-6(6), 6-3.
The final saw Klein & Salisbury up against the third seeds Hans Hach Verdugo & Denis Novikov. The Brits took control of the first set and managed a break of serve, this was all they needed to get their nose ahead. However, the Mexican/American were not going away and in the second set the top seeds were broken. Once again a match tiebreak would be required, this time to settle where the trophy was going. The Brits once again were on top in this and sealed the win 6-3, 4-6, 10-3
Doubles Round Up
Cameron Norrie with Alex Rybakov lost in the first round in Las Vegas 4-6, 4-6
Jay Clarke & Marcus Willis won their first round match, but withdrew from the quarter-final in Las Vegas
Liam Broady with Frederick Nielsen lost in the first round in Las Vegas 6-4, 4-6, 8-10
Anna Smith with Nicole Melichar lost in the final of Moscow to the top seeds 2-6, 6-3, 3-10
Dom Inglot with Daniel Nestor lost in the first round of Antwerp 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-10
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski lost in the first round of Antwerp 4-6, 6-4, 8-10
Naomi Broady with Eva Hrdinova lost in the first round of Luxembourg 2-6, 6-2, 6-10
Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara lost in the semi-final of Ismaning 4-6, 6-4, 12-14
Katie Swan with Berfu Cengiz lost in the final of Obidos 4-6, 2-6
Next Week Brits play in Vienna, Basel, Brest, & Traralgon
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