By Glenys Furness
- Colin Fleming & Jonathan Erlich reach the semi finals in Shenzhen
- Dom Inglot & Robert Lindstedt lose out in Shenzhen
- Challenger round up
Shenzhen, China. Dom Inglot and Colin Fleming made the semi finals of the doubles whilst James Ward, Kyle Edmund, and Brydan Klein were taking part in challengers in other destinations.
Inglot and Robert Lindstedt were top seeds in Shenzhen doubles. Inglot & Lindstedt had progressed to the semi final without much trouble. The semi final saw them against the third seeds Chris Guccione and Andre Sa. The top seeds fought hard, however the third seeds were working hard, the first set went to a tie break which Guccione & Sa took 7-5. The second set was very much the same as the first with no one managing to get ahead, once again the set went to a tiebreak, and again the third seeds took this 7-3 to end Inglot & Lindstedt run.
Fleming and Jonathan Erlich had also reached the semi final. After taking out Aljaz Bedene and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round, the non seeded pair also won their second round match in straight sets. They will play Mao-Xin Gon & Michael Venus for a place in the final.
Over on the challenger tour Ward was playing his first match since being dropped from the second singles spot in the Davis Cup, he found himself drawn against Edouard Roger-Vasselin in Orleans. The Brit was looking for his first win since the US Open, deciding to drop to challengers to try and get some wins to book his spot in the final. The Frenchman proved to be a tricky match it was fairly close, however one break of serve in each set gave the Frenchman the win. Ward will move onto Mons next. Neal Skupski & Ken Skupski are top seeds in the doubles, after getting a bye in the first round, the brothers secured a straight sets win to make the semi final.
In Tibron Edmund and Klein had drawn each other in the first round. Edmund was the second seed, with Klein unseeded. Klein took the win in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 in the first match for Edmund after a long lay off. Edmund also didn’t take part in a match at the Davis Cup semi final. Klein didn’t get passed the next round losing a tough match 7-6. 6-2 to end British interest in the singles. Klein teamed up with Jose Statham, they reached the quarter finals before forcing the top seeds into a match tie break which the top seeds took.
Darren Walsh teamed up with Luis David Martinez and reached the quarter finals in Bolivia before losing a tough match that involved three tiebreaks.
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