By Glenys Furness
- Joe Salisbury claimed the doubles title in Shenzhen
- The Brit and his Japanese partner didn’t drop a set
SHENZHEN, CHINA – Joe Salisbury teamed up with Ben McLachlan in the ATP 250 event and were the top seeds. The pair claimed the title without dropping a set.
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Joe Salisbury teamed up with Ben McLachlan and were the top seeds in the ATP 250 Shenzhen tournament. As the top seeds Salisbury & McLachlan received a bye into the quarter-final, where their opponents were Marcin Matkowski & Nicholas Monroe.
The Brit/Japanese pair were worked hard in both sets as Matkowski & Monroe fought to break serve. The Polish/American team were unable to live with the pressure however, and Salisbury & McLachlan were soon booking their place in the semi-final with a straight sets win 6-4, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brit/Japanese pair were against third seeds Roman Jebavý & Andrés Molteni. The first set was very much like their quarter-final match up. Salisbury & McLachlan managed a break of serve to claim the set. The Czech/Argentine pair were more resilient in the second set and forced a tiebreak. Despite the fight by Jebavý & Molteni it was the top seeds who eased through to the final 6-4, 7-6(4).
The final saw the top seeds against the fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt & Rajeev Ram. Salisbury & McLachlan were pushed all the way in both sets. Lindstedt & Ram forced a tiebreak in each set, however, the top seeds were able to edge the first and found the second much easier. Taking the match in straight sets they lifted the title and handing Salisbury his first ATP main tour title 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
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Doubles Round Up
Cameron Norrie with Denis Kudla were defeated by Jebavý & Molteni in the quarter-final of Shenzhen RET
Johanna Konta with Zhang Shuai were defeated by Kaitlyn Christian & Sabrina Santamaria in the first round of Wuhan 6-2, 6-1.
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara in the semi-final of Orleans 6-7(1), 6-3, 10-4.
Bambridge & O’Mara defeated Yannik Maden & Tristan-Samuel Weissborn in the final of Orleans 6-2, 6-4.
Evan Hoyt with Dusty Boyer were defeated by Connor Farren & Wang Aoran in the quarter-final of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.
Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Jeremy Beale & Thomas Fancutt in the final of Australia 7-6(4), 6-3.
George Davies & Matthew Hingley were defeated by Neil Pauffley & Francesco Vilardo in the first round of Barnstaple 6-4, 6-3.
Tiran Sanghera & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by George Houghton & Michael Shaw in the first round of Barnstaple 4-6, 7-5, 10-6.
Luke Johnson & Brandon Murphy were defeated by Aidan McHugh & James Story in the first round of Barnstaple 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-8.
Edward Harwood & Sizya Kivanda were defeated by Rahul Dhokia & Finn Murgett in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-4.
Daniel Martin & Alex Solonenko were defeated by Mason Recci & Isaac Stoute in the first round of Barnstaple 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7.
Robert Carter & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Elliott Farmer & Cameron Green in the first round of Barnstaple 6-4, 7-5.
Patrick Foley & Robert Leck were defeated by Sebastian Kay & Simonas Zukauskas in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-2.
Kurt Lacount & Max Lacount were defeated by Jonathan Binding & Scott Duncan in the first round of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-1.
Houghton & Shaw were defeated by Pauffley & Vilardo in the quarter-final of Barnstaple 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.
Dhokia & Murgett were defeated by McHugh & Story in the quarter-final of Barnstaple 6-2, 6-2.
Recci & Stoute were defeated by Farmer & Green in the quarter-final of Barnstaple RET
Binding & Duncan were defeated by Kay & Zukauskas in the quarter-final of Barnstaple 6-3, 4-6, 12-10.
Pauffley & Vilardo were defeated by McHugh & Story in the semi-final of Barnstaple 6-3, 6-4
Kay & Zukauskas were defeated by Farmer & Green in the semi-final of Barnstaple 6-3, 6-3.
Farmer & Green were defeated by McHugh & Story in the final of Barnstaple 6-4, 6-1.
Joshua Paris with George Botezan were defeated by Markus Eriksson & Fred Simonsson in the first round of Sweden 6-3, RET.
George Loffhagen with Michal Konecny were defeated by Wong Hong-Kit & Yeung Pak-Long in the first round of Sweden 6-3, 6-1.
Jodie Burrage & Freya Christie were defeated by Rutuja Bhosale & Hiroko Kuwata in the quarter-final of Australia 1-6, 6-2, 10-7.
Katy Dunne with Kimberly Birrell were defeated by Bhosale & Kuwata in the final of Australia 6-2, 6-4.
Anna Popescu with Nadia Echeverría Alam were defeated by Chiraz Bechri & Barbara Bonic in the final of Tunisia 6-4, 6-4.
Emily Appleton with María Fernanda Herazo were defeated by Harmony Tan & Margot Yerolymos in the first round of France 6-0, 7-5.
Sarah Beth Grey & Emily Webley-Smith were defeated by Leonie Küng & Isabella Shinikova in the quarter-final of France 0-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Eden Silva with Julia Terzijska were defeated by Manon Arcangioli & Shérazad Reix in the quarter-final of France 7-5, 7-5.
Tara Moore with Amra Sadiković were defeated by Kristie Ahn & Giuliana Olmos in the first round of Templeton 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-7.
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