By Glenys Furness
- Kyle Edmund & Cameron Norrie claimed doubles title in Estoril
- Dom Inglot claimed back to back doubles titles
ESTORIL, PORTUGAL – Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie teamed up in Estoril and claimed the title, the highlight of the good week for British doubles.
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This week proved to be a great week for British doubles. Kyle Edmund & Cameron Norrie teamed up for the first time in doubles in the ATP 250 event, meanwhile Dom Inglot teamed up this week with Robert Lindstedt to claim the title in ATP 250 event in Istanbul, providing back to back titles for the Brit.
Edmund went into Estoril on the back of a nine match losing streak in doubles, and Norrie had never played a tour level doubles match. They were never favourites to win the whole thing. In the first round the Brits were against the Argentine pairing of Federico Delbonis & Nicolás Kicker.
The Brits made a flying start, and soon had the first set in the bag after making the all important break of serve. It was in the second set that Edmund & Norrie dominated the match and didn’t drop a game, progressing to the quarter-final 6-4, 6-0.
In the quarter-final the Brits were up against Australians Alex De Minaur & Lleyton Hewitt. The Australians stayed with Edmund & Norrie in the first set until the Brits secured the break and took the lead. De Minaur & Hewitt tried to fight back in the second set and forced a tiebreak, however it was the Brits that held their nerve and took the match 6-4, 7-6(4).
The semi-final saw Edmund & Norrie against Leonardo Mayer & João Sousa. The Brits dominated the first set breaking twice to seal the lead. The second set was a replay of the second set in the round before, as the Argentine/Portuguese tried to fight back and forced a tiebreak, but once again the Brits stepped up and sealed the spot in the final 6-4, 7-6(4).
In the final the Brits were against Wesley Koolhof & Artem Sitak. Edmund & Norrie had gelled on the doubles court well and were soon up against the Dutch/New Zealand pairing, in just under an hour and ten minutes the scratch doubles pairing were claiming their first trophy together 6-4, 6-2.
Over in Istanbul Dom Inglot had found a partner to enter the event with as his regular partner is currently unavailable through injury. Having won the title in Budapest last week with Franko Skugor the Brit this week teamed up with Robert Lindstedt. Their first round opponents were Roman Jebavý & Florin Mergea, the Brit/Swede were taken to a tiebreak in the first set but claimed that comfortably. The second set was dominated by Inglot & Lindstedt and they moved into the quarter-finals 7-6(4), 6-1.
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Swede against Ken & Neal Skupski who were the fourth seeds. Inglot & Lindstedt once again needed a tiebreak first set before coming away in the second to go into the semi-finals 7-6(4), 6-3. In the semi-final they faced the second seeds Marcin Matkowski & Divij Sharan. The Polish/Indian team made Inglot & Lindstedt work for the final spot by taking them all the way to a match tiebreak, the Brit/Swede came through 6-4, 2-6, 10-4.
In the final they faced Ben McLachlan & Nicolas Monroe the top seeds. After losing the first set, the Brit/Swede took control and levelled the match, before edging the final match tiebreak to seal the title, and their second together – their first being back in 2015 at the Winston-Salem Open. The final score being 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
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Doubles Round Up
Joe Salisbury with Jonathan Eysseric lost to Wesley Koolhof & Artem Sitak in the semi-final in Estoril 7-5, 6-3.
Anna Smith with Barbora Krejčíková lost to Lizette Cabrera & Jana Fett in the quarter-final in Rabat 7-5, 6-2.
Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara lost to Gerard Granollers & Guillermo Olaso in the final in Glasgow 6-1, 7-5.
Lloyd Glasspool & James Ward lost to John Paul Fruttero & Igor Sijsling in the first round in Glasgow 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-8
Jacob Fearnley & Connor Thomson lost to Alessandro Bega & Lucas Miedler in the first round in Glasgow 3-6, 7-6(7), 10-6.
Reuben Henry & Scott Macaulay lost to Harri Heliövaara & Evgeny Karlovskiy in the first round in Glasgow 6-2, 6-2.
Scott Duncan & Kieran Macarty lost to JC Aragone & Jared Hiltzik in the first round in Glasgow 6-4, 2-6, 10-5.
Brydan Klein with Ruan Roelofse lost to Boris Arias & Federico Zeballos in the first round of Puerto Vallarta 1-6, 7-5, 3-11
Luke Bambridge with Akira Santillan won the title in Savannah defeating Enrique López Pérez & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 6-2, 6-2.
Evan Hoyt with Peter Heller lost to Gábor Borsos & Pawel Cias in the semi-final in Poland 6-2, 6-2.
Harriet Dart & Laura Robson lost to Emily Webley-Smith & Ksenia Lykina in the quarter-final in Gifu 6-3, 7-6(3).
Naomi Broady & Katy Dunne lost to Rika Fujiwara & Yuki Naito in the semi-final in Gifu 7-6(4), 6-2.
Emily Webley-Smith with Ksenia Lykina lost to Rika Fujiwara & Yuki Naito in the final in Gifu 7-5, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Madrid, Aix En Provence, Poland, Tunisia, Israel, Mexico, Japan, China, Korea, Spain, Sweden & Trinidad & Tobago.
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