By Glenys Furness
- Joe Salisbury with Jackson Withrow made final without dropping a set
- Second seeds edge the final to claim the title
GRANBY, QUEBEC – Joe Salisbury with Jackson Withrow claim the title dropping only one set along the way.
Joe Salisbury teamed up with American Jackson Withrow in Canada as the American hard court swing began. The Brit/American pairing were the second seeds and drew a Canadian wildcard pairing in the first round. Nicaise Muamba & Benjamin Sigouin were no match for Salisbury/Withrow as the second seeds lost only four games to progress 6-1, 6-3.
In the quarter-final the second seeds were up against Mackenzie McDonald & Roberto Quiroz. The American/Ecuadorian pairing proved a little more tricky than the first round opponents. Salisbury & Withrow were pushed closer in each set, but ultimately triumphed in straight sets 6-3, 6-4
The semi-final saw the second seeds play the third seeds. Ti Chen & Bradley Mousley, and on paper should have been able to make this a tough encounter. Chen/Mousley had dominated their quarter final losing only three games, however the Brit/American were not reading the script. Salisbury & Withrow were all over the third seeds and dominated both sets to lose only four games and book the final spot 6-2, 6-2.
In the final the Brit/American were up against Marcel Felder & Go Soeda who had only played two matches and reached the final. Having been handed a walkover into the final when their semi final opponents withdrew, Felder & Soeda appeared to be the fresher at the start. The Japanese/Uruguayan team broke the second seeds to take the first set. Salisbury & Withrow however fought back to level the match as they broke Felder & Soeda. The final would be decided by a match tiebreak, first to 10 points with two points clear. The second seeds completed the win and lifted the trophy. 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Other Doubles Results
Luke Bambridge with David O’Hare were the top seeds in Granby and lost in the quarter final to Felder & Soeda.
Liam Broady with Max Purcell lost in the first round at Granby to the top seeds.
Aljaz Bedene with Gilles Simon lost in the first round in Hamburg
Anna Smith with Nicole Melichar were the top seeds in Bastad and lost in the first round to Xena Knoll & Aleksandra Krunic.
Cameron Norrie with Alex Rybakov lost in the semi final in Binghamton.
Next week Brits play in Washington, Kitzbuhel, Chengdu, & Lexington.
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