By Glenys Furness
- Eden Silva teamed up with Andrea Ka and claimed the title in Portugal
- The pair only dropped one set en route to the trophy
- Took out the second seeds in straight sets.
CORROIOS-SEIXAL, PORTUGAL – Eden Silva claimed her first doubles title of 2018 and the first since 2014 when she lifted the trophy with Andrea Ka.
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Eden Silva teamed up with Andrea Ka for the ITF event in Portugal. Unseeded the pair drew Jacqueline Cabaj Awad & Inês Murta in the first round. The Brit/Cambodian pair had to fight hard in the first set. It looked to be heading to a tiebreak until Silva & Ka secured the break needed. In the second set Cabaj Awad & Murta were no match for the Brit/Cambodian who progressed to the quarter-finals 7-5, 6-3.
The quarter-final saw Silva & Ka against Aleksandra Pospelova & Sofia Smagina. The Russian pair stayed toe to toe with the Brit/Cambodian during the first set. Eventually though, Silva & Ka were able to take the chance and get the break. The second set was more straight forward for the Brit/Cambodian as they were able to stop Pospelova & Smagina getting anything other than one game. Silva & Ka moved into the semi-final 6-4, 6-1.
In the semi-final the Brit/Cambodian were facing Anastasia Rentouli & Sofia Sualehe. The Greek/Portuguese were steamrolled by Silva & Ka. Without losing a single game the Brit/Cambodian strolled into the final. It was more of a tennis lesson than a tennis match, with Silva & Ka progressing 6-0, 6-0.
The final saw Silva & Ka faced their toughest match of the tournament. Up against them were Francisca Jorge & Maria Jose Luque Moreno. The Portuguese/Spanish team broke the serve of the Brit/Cambodian and took the first set. Silva & Ka managed to re-group in the second set and totally dominated to level up. The title would be decided by a match tiebreak. Silva & Ka moved ahead in this and were unstoppable taking the title 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.
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Doubles Round Up
Emily Appleton with Ida Jarlskog defeated Dasha Ivanova & Julyette Maria Josephine Steur in the final in the Netherlands 6-4, 6-0.
Evan Hoyt with Marat Deviatiarov defeated Sergey Betov & Ivan Gakhov in the final in Spain 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-5.
Billy Harris with Bruno Mardones were defeated by Sebastien Boltz & Valentin Vacherot in the first round in Spain 6-4, 7-6(3).
Alexis Canter with Nicholas Bybel were defeated by Julian Bradley & Charlie Emhardt in the first round in Canada 6-1, 6-2.
Joel Cannell with William Bushamuka were defeated by Henry Craig & Isaiah Strode in the first round in the USA 6-3. 6-2.
Ryan Peniston with Jarryd Woog were defeated by Hunter Johnson & Yates Johnson in the quarter-final in the USA 6-1, 3-6, 10-7.
Isaac Stoute with Lance-Pierre Du Toit were defeated by Kim Cheong-Eui & Noh Sang-Woo in the quarter-final in Malaysia 7-5, 6-4.
Ben Jones & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Nicolas Uryson in the quarter-final in Portugal 6-3, 6-4.
Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Momoko Kobori & Ayano Shimizu in the quarter-final in France 6-2, 7-6(6).
Emily Arbuthnott with Helene Scholsen were defeated by Kobori & Shimizu in the semi-final in France 6-1, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in London (Wimbledon), Winnetka, France, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Portugal & Thailand.
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