By Glenys Furness
- Freya Christie & Samantha Murray claim the title in Chiswick
- Second seeds only drop one set en route to title.
CHISWICK, UK – Freya Christie & Samantha Murray claimed the doubles title on home soil. The second seeds only dropped one set en route to lifting the trophy.
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Freya Christie & Samantha Murray were the second seeds at the ITF event in Chiswick. The first round saw the seeds up against Yuriko Miyazaki & Camille Verden-Anderson. The Japanese/Brit pairing struggled in the first set as Christie & Murray dominated. The seeds proved too much as they progressed in straight sets for the loss of only three games 6-0, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the Brits were up against Tereza Smitková & Ana Vrljić. The seeds had a much tougher first set with the Czech/Croatian forcing a tiebreak. Christie & Murray switched up a gear and totally dominated the breaker to take the lead. The second set was easier for the Brits as they established a break of serve and held on to move into the semi-final 7-6(2), 6-3.
The semi-final was the first of two all British battles. Emily Arbuthnott & Jodie Burrage were certainly up for the fight. Staying toe to toe with the seeds Arbuthnott & Burrage forced a tiebreak which was much closer than the one previously, it still went the way of Christie & Murray. The second set saw the seeds break Arbuthnott & Burrage before holding on to book a spot in the final 7-6(4), 6-3.
In the final the second seeds faced the top seeds Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls. Christie & Murray had not lost a set all tournament, but the top seeds changed that. Grey & Nicholls got off to a great start and broke the second seeds serve. Christie & Murray were unable to break back and found themselves a set down. Regrouping for the second set the second seeds broke at the end of the set to draw level. In the match tie break it was the second seeds Christie & Murray that edged it to lift the trophy 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
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Doubles Round Up
Danielle Daley & Aleksandra Topalovic were defeated by Vlada Ekshibarova & Anastasia Pivovarova in the first round in Chiswick 7-5, 6-4.
Iman Garshong & Martina Paladini-Jennings were defeated by Emily Appleton & Pemra Özgen in the first round in Chiswick 6=2, 6-1.
Soumeya Anane & Tiffany William were defeated by Smitková & Vrljić in the first round in Chiswick 6-1, 6-2.
Appleton & Özgen were defeated by Arbuthnott & Burrage in the quarter-final in Chiswick 6-4, 6-0.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Nikola Mektić & Alexander Peya in the quarter-final in Toronto 6-4, 6-4.
Johanna Konta with Zhang Shuai were defeated by Andreja Klepač & María José Martínez Sánchez in the quarter-final in Montreal by Retirement.
Jonny O’Mara & Joe Salisbury were defeated by Thanasi Kokkinakis & Matthew Reid in the final in Aptos 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Luke Bambridge & Neal Skupski were defeated by Kokkinakis & Reid in the semi-final in Aptos 3-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Finn Bass with Guy Iradukunda were defeated by Alexander Brown & Sean Sculley in the quarter-final in Edwardsville 6-2, 6-3.
Jonathan Binding with Francisco Dias were defeated by Tiago Cacao & Guilherme Osorio in the semi-final in Portugal 7-6(8), 6-7(4), 10-8.
Ewan Moore & Barnaby Smith were defeated by Petr Nouza & David Škoch in the first round in Slovakia 6-2, 6-3.
Scott Duncan with Conor Berg were defeated by Niklas Johansson & Artūrs Lazdiņš in the first round in Belarus 4-6, 7-6(4), 12-10.
Evan Hoyt with Darko Jandric were defeated by Andrés Artuñedo & Mick Lescure in the final in Spain 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-6.
Next week Brits play in Cincinnati, Vancouver, USA, Portugal, Belarus, Spain, Holland & Korea.
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