By Glenys Furness
- Freya Christie & Jodie Burrage win 2nd title in 2 weeks
- Take out top seeds en route to the trophy
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Freya Christie & Jodie Burrage claim back to back titles in Sharm El Sheikh, defeating top seeds along the way.
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Freya Christie & Jodie Burrage once again teamed up in Sharm El Sheikh, after the successful week last week, and the Brits were looking to repeat their achievement and lift another title as the season draws to a close. In the first round they found themselves facing the third seeds.
Elena-Teodora Cadar & Suzan Lamens were no match for the Brits. Christie & Burrage broke the Romanian/Dutch pairing twice to seal the set. The second was even easier for the Brits as the third seeds had no answer for anything thrown at them, and Christie & Burrage eased into the quarter-final 6-2, 6-1.
In the quarter-final the Brits were against Linnea Malmqvist & Eva Siska. The Swede/American pairing pushed the Brits all the way in the first set, forcing a breaker. Malmqvist & Siska edged the tiebreak so Christie & Burrage needed a fightback.
The second set was a stroll for the Brits as they eased the match level for the loss of only one game. It would be a match tiebreak to settle the spot in the semi-final. Christie & Burrage edged the final tiebreak to seal their spot in another semi-final 6-7(7), 6-1, 10-8
In the semi-final the Brits were up against the top seeds Barbara Bonic & Jelena Stojanovic. The Serb/Australian pairing although ranked higher could not find their game against Christie & Burrage. With one break of serve in the first, and the loss of only one game in the second the Brits cruised into the final 6-4, 6-1.
The final had the Brits against Watsachol Sawasdee & Chanikarn Silakul. The Thai pairing tried to make life difficult for the Christie & Burrage, but the Brits broke through in the first set. The second was looking to be heading towards a tiebreak when the Brits once again managed to break the Thai pair and won the title 6-4, 7-5.
Doubles Round Up
Alicia Barnett with Nina Stadler finished runners-up in Stellenbosch 2-6, 2-6
Luke Bambridge & Ed Corrie were runners up in Ohio 6-3, 6-7(2), 7-10
Marcus Willis with Mateusz Terczynski made the quarter-final in Czech Republic before withdrawing
William Flavell with Petr Kucera lost in the first round in Czech Republic 2-6, 1-6
Finn Bass with Wilfredo Gonzalez lost in the semi-final in Egypt 7-6(8), 3-6, 9-11
Jay Clarke with Geoffrey Blancaneaux lost in the first round in Bangalore 7-5, 4-6, 5-10
Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara lost in the first round in Bangalore 4-6, 6-4, 7-10
Brydan Klein with Marc Polmans lost in the quarter-final of Bangalore 1-6, 6-2, 8-10
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