By Glenys Furness
- Luke Johnson with Fred Simonsson made the doubles final in Italy
- The Brit/Swede were the top seeds
- Didn’t drop a set until the final
PIOMBINO, TUSCANY, ITALY – Luke Johnson with Fred Simonsson entered the ITF event as the top seeds. The Brit/Swede made the final and were only stopped by the third seeds.
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Luke Johnson teamed up with Fred Simonsson and were the top seeds at the ITF event in Italy. As a result the pairing received a bye in the first round.
The quarter-final opponents were Enrico Becuzzi & Jesse Ross. In the first set the Brit/Swede completely dominated, not letting the Italian/American pairing get anywhere near. Taking the set for the loss of only two games. The second set was a closer affair with the top seeds eventually coming out on top with a vital break of serve, booking their spot in the semi-final 6-2, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brit/Swede were up against Luca Giacomini & Giorgio Ricca. The Italians tried to stay with the top seeds but it was Johnson & Simonsson that obtain the break of serve to take the set. In the second set Giacomini & Ricca tried to mount a fightback, but ultimately were unable to break the Brit/Swede and the top seeds went on to win in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
The final saw Johnson & Simonsson against the third seeds Robin Kern & Sami Reinwein. The Germans were slow to start which gave the top seeds the opportunity to break. The Brit/Swede took the chance and closed out the first set. Kern & Reinwien were not giving up on the match and fought back well in the second set to level the match up. In the ensuing match tiebreak the third seeds edged the victory and lifted the trophy 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
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Doubles Round Up
Heather Watson with Tatjana Maria were defeated by Han Xinyun & Raluca Olaru in the first round of the US Open 6-3, 6-3.
Naomi Broady with Danielle Collins were defeated by Timea Bacsinszky & Vera Zvonareva in the second round of the US Open 6-2, 7-5.
Joe Salisbury with Frederik Nielsen were defeated by Julio Peralta & Horacio Zeballos in the first round of the US Open 6-4, 6-2.
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by Radu Albot & Malek Jaziri in the first round of the US Open 7-6(4), 7-6(5).
Luke Bambridge with Romain Arneodo were defeated by Ivan Dodig & Marcel Granollers in the first round of the US Open 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4.
Dan Evans with Gerard Granollers were defeated by Ariel Behar & Enrique López Pérez in the final in Mallorca 0-0 RET
Joe Cooper with Mariano Kestelboim were defeated by Michael Geerts & Jonas Merckx in the quarter-final in Belgium 6-3, 6-2.
Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson were defeated by Eduard Esteve Lobato & Oriol Roca Batalla in the quarter-final in Spain 6-2, 6-4.
Tiffany William with Annick Melgers were defeated by Noa Liauw A Fong & Stephanie Judith Visscher in the first round in Holland 6-2, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in New York, Cassis, Canada, Tunisia, France, Spain, USA, Croatia, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Korea & Portugal.
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