By Glenys Furness
- Dom Inglot & Franko Skugor made semi-final
- Top seeds continued good run post Wimbledon.
UMAG, CROATIA – Dom Inglot & Franko Skugor matched their Wimbledon performance by reaching the semi-final. Switching from grass to clay before the hard court swing has not proved a bad move.
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Dom Inglot and Franko Skugor were the top seeds in Croatia. Coming off the back of a semi-final run at Wimbledon the clay courts of Umag awaited. With the US hard court swing approaching, the switch from grass to clay may seem a strange call. Inglot & Skugor proved that it was not actually a bad choice.
In the first round the Brit/Croat were up against Sander Arends & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn. The Dutch/Austrian pair proved tough opponents in the first set, pushing the top seeds to a tiebreak. Inglot & Skugor edged the breaker and moved into the lead. In the second set the top seeds broke Arends & Weissborn to take the match in straight sets 7-6(7), 6-4.
The quarter-final saw Inglot & Skugor against Maximilian Marterer & Hans Podlipnik-Castillo. The German/Chilean pair got the better start and broke the top seeds. The Brit/Croat were unable to get the break back and lost the set.
Re-grouping in the second set, the top seeds dominated to level the match up. A match tie break was required to decide the semi-finalists. Inglot & Skugor came through easily to move into the semi-final after a hard fought match 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.
In the semi-final the top seeds found themselves against Roman Jebavý & Jiří Veselý. The Czech pairing managed to break the serve of Inglot & Skugor in both sets to take the match and book the place in the final. A good run for the top seeds ended in defeat 6-4, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by James Cerretani & Leander Paes in the first round in Newport 6-4, 6-3.
Ken Skupski with Purav Raja were defeated by Jonathan Erlich & Artem Sitak in the quarter-finals of Newport 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Liam Broady with Joris De Loore were defeated by Darian King & Peter Polansky in the first round of Gatineu 7-6(11), 7-5.
Samm Butler & Paul Jubb were defeated by Marc Dijkhuizen & Bart Stevens in the semi-final of Estonia 7-6(4), 6-7(7), 10-6.
Finn Bass with Petros Chrysochos were defeated by Alec Adamson & Nick Chappell in the first round in USA Futures 6-2, 6-4.
Will Davies & Joe Tyler were defeated by Collin Altamirano & Alexander Lebedev in the first round in USA Futures 6-3, 7-6(1).
Billy Harris with Maciej Rajski were defeated by Marc Giner & Jaume Pla Malfeito in the quarter-final in Spain 6-3, 7-5.
Shamael Chaudhry & Isaac Stoute were defeated by Gabriel Petit & Quentin Robert in the first round in Malaysia 6-2, 7-5.
Alicia Barnett with Shelby Talcott were defeated by Sanaz Marand & Jada Robinson in the first round of Gatineau 6-2, 6-1.
Samantha Murray with Akiko Omae were defeated by Hsu Chieh-Yu & Marcela Zacarías in the semi-final of Gatineau 7-5, 6-2.
Tara Moore with Manon Arcangioli were defeated by Nicole Gibbs and Asia Muhammad in the quarter-finals of USA Futures 6-4, 6-4.
Emily Appleton with Lulu Sun were defeated by Marina Bassols Ribera & Irina Cantos Siemers in the semi-finals in Spain 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
Eden Silva with Andrea Ka were defeated by Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers & Andrea Gámiz in the semi-final of Portugal 6-3, 7-5.
Sarah Beth Grey with Laura-Ioana Andrei were defeated by Claudia Giovine & Manca Pislak in the quarter-final 7-6(7), 6-4.
Next Week Brits play in Atlanta, Hamburg, Granby, Binghamton, USA Futures, Lithuania, Spain, Indonesia, Chinese Taipai, Canada, Portugal & France.
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