By Glenys Furness
- Freya Christie & Erin Routliffe lift doubles title in Australia
- Top seeds do not drop a set en route.
TOOWOOMBA, AUSTRALIA – Freya Christie with Erin Routliffe claimed the title in the ITF event. The pair were top seeds and didn’t drop a set all tournament.
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Freya Christie teamed up with Erin Routliffe for the ITF event in Toowoomba. The Brit/Kiwi were the top seeds. Their first round opponents were Maddison Inglis & Kaylah Mcphee. The top seeds were not troubled by the Australian pair in the first set, strolling through for the loss of only one game. The second seed started the same way, with Christie & Routliffe claiming the first game. Inglis & Mcphee then retired from the match handing the win to the Brit/Kiwi 6-1, 1-0 RET.
The quarter-final saw the top seeds up against Marine Partaud & Aiko Yoshitomi. The French/Japan pair fought well in the first set and kept Christie & Routliffe at bay for a while. However, the top seeds showed their power and managed a breakthrough to take the set. The second set was another stroll for the Brit/Kiwi as they only dropped one game to move into the next round 6-3, 6-1.
In the semi-final Christie & Routliffe were against the third seeds Naiktha Bains & Abigail Tere-Apisah. The top seeds were pushed hard by the third seeds, before eventually securing the break in both sets. Bains & Tere-Apisah tried to fight back once broken but ultimately Christie & Routliffe moved into the final 6-4, 6-3.
The final saw the top seeds face Samantha Harris & Astra Sharma. The Australians proved to be the toughest opponents so far, staying toe to toe with Christie & Routliffe until the very end of the first set when the Brit/Kiwi broke serve. In the second set the top seeds once again managed to get the break of serve and hold on for the title 7-5, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Gabriella Taylor with Dalma Galfi were defeated by Bains & Tere-Apisah in the first round in Toowoomba 7-6(6), 6-1.
Soumeya Anane with Julia Kimmelmann were defeated by Destanee Aiava & Alexandra Bozovic in the first round in Toowoomba 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.
Jodie Anna Burrage with Albina Khabibulina were defeated by Bains & Tere-Apisah in the quarter-final of Toowoomba 6-4, 7-5.
Evan Hoyt with Dusty H. Boyer were defeated by Maverick Banes & Gavin Van Peperzeel in the quarter-final of Toowoomba 6-2, 6-2.
Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Blake Ellis & Luke Saville in the final in Toowoomba 6-4, 6-7(2), 10-2.
Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Oliver Marach & Mate Pavic in the second round in Shanghai 6-3, 6-7(4), 16-14.
Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares were defeated by Łukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo in the final in Shanghai 6-4, 6-2.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen in the semi-final in Ortisei 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 10-6.
Mukhtar Andu with Sylvester Emmanuel were defeated by Michael Junior Michael & Christian Paul in the first round in Nigeria 6-1, 6-1.
Joel Cannell & Jack Draper were defeated by Benjamin Lock & Courtney John Lock in the quarter-final in Nigeria 6-3, 7-5.
Isaac Stoute with William Bushamuka were defeated by Lock & Lock in the semi-final of Nigeria 6-3, 6-2.
Tiffany William with Paulina Jastrzebska were defeated by Ange Oby Kajuru & Adesuwa Osabuohien in the quarter-final in Nigeria 6-3, 6-4.
Emily Webley-Smith with Ankita Raina were defeated by Natela Dzalamidze & Veronika Kudermetova in the first round in Tainjin 7-6(4), 1-6, 10-5.
Harry Thursfield with Tommy Hamilton were defeated by Bernardo Azevedo Pereira E Oliveira & Robert Strombachs in the first round in Tunisia 6-0, 6-4.
Finn Bass & Neil Pauffley were defeated by Francisco Dias & Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin in the first round in Egypt 7-6(6), 7-6(4).
Shamael Chaudhry with Tan Li-Wie were defeated by Adam Moundir & Kai Wehnelt in the semi-final in Egypt 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-7.
Emilie Lindh with Ashmitha Easwaramurthi were defeated by Andreea Velcea & Amber Washington in the first round in Egypt 3-6, 6-0, 13-11.
Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Minami Akiyama & Hsieh Yu-Ting in the quarter-final in Egypt 7-5, 6-2.
Sasha Hill with Sophie Muntean were defeated by Barbara Bonic & Jelena Stojanovic in the semi-final in Egypt 6-4, 6-3.
Emily Appleton with Ayumi Miyamoto were defeated by Kanako Morisaki & Minori Yonehara in the quarter-final in Japan 6-1, 6-2.
Aidan McHugh with Jakub Paul were defeated by Guy Den Heijer & Sidane Pontjodikromo in the final in Israel 7-5, 6-4.
Mark Whitehouse with Francesco Ferrari were defeated by Aidan McHugh & Jakub Paul in the semi-final in Israel 6-3, 4-6, 10-6.
Alexis Canter with Riccardo Maiga were defeated by Whitehouse & Ferrari in the quarter-final in Israel 6-2, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Antwerp, Stockholm, Moscow, Ningbo, Calgary, Ismaning, USA, Tunisia, Israel, Egypt, Portugal, France, Italy, Japan, Spain & Turkey.
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