By Glenys Furness
- Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara lifted trophy in Stockholm
- Only lost one set en route to the title
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara claimed their second ATP main tour title, lifting the trophy in the Swedish capital.
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Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara re-united to play in the ATP 250 Intrum Open in Stockholm. The Brits were unseeded and drew Taro Daniel & Maximilian Marterer in the first round. The Japanese/German battled well in the first set, but the Brits secured the break needed to grab the lead. The second set was much closer as Daniel & Marterer stayed toe-to-toe with Bambridge & O’Mara forcing a tiebreak. The Brits kept up the pressure in the breaker and eased into the next round 6-4, 7-6(3).
The quarter-final saw Bambridge & O’Mara facing fourth seeds Ken & Neal Skupski. In the battle of the Brits, both sides were very evenly matched. The first set saw the non seeds break the serve of the fourth seeds and take the lead. The Skupski brothers fought back in the second set and forced a tiebreak. It was the seeds that edged the tiebreak and forced a match tiebreak to decide the semi-finalists. Bambridge & O’Mara edged the final breaker to book their spot in the semi-final 6-4, 6-7(7), 10-7.
In the semi-final the Brits were up against Simone Bolelli & Ivan Dodig. The Italian/Croat had beaten the top seeds in their quarter-final and were looking to continue that form. Bambridge & O’Mara though had other ideas and broke serve. Bolelli & Dodig tried to fight back in the second set, but the Brits were too strong and again broke serve to move into the final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
The final saw the Brits against third seeds Marcus Daniell & Wesley Koolhof. This was fittingly a very very close match. Bambridge & O’Mara found it difficult to break the serve of the seeds, and took until the very end of the first set to manage the break. The second set was even closer, as Daniell & Koolhof forced a tiebreak, although the Kiwi/Dutch pair kept the scoreline tight, it was the Brits who prevailed to lift their second ATP title together in straight sets 7-5, 7-6(8).
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Doubles Round Up
Joe Salisbury with Frederik Nielsen were defeated by Ken & Neal Skupski in the first round in Stockholm 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-7.
Cameron Norrie with Mackenzie McDonald were defeated by Divij Sharan & Artem Sitak in the quarter-final in Antwerp 6-1, 6-2.
Harriet Dart with Anastasia Potapova were defeated by Kristina Mladenovic & Galina Voskoboeva in the quarter-final in Moscow 6-3, 6-1.
Scott Clayton with Julian Ocleppo were defeated by Nikola Čačić & Tomislav Draganja in the first round in Ismaning 6-4, 6-4.
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradley were defeated by A.J. Catanzariti & Jody Maginley in the quarter-final in USA 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.
Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson were defeated by Stephan Gerritsen & Miles Seemann in the quarter-final in USA 3-6, 7-5, 10-3.
Tara Moore with Conny Perrin were defeated by Anna Danilina & Ulrikke Eikeri in the final in South Carolina 6-7(9), 6-2, 10-8.
Jonathan Gray with Loic Ratsaratany were defeated by Alexey Baryshev & Roman Blokhin in the first round in Tunisia 6-7(1), 6-2, 10-8.
Samuel Pointon with Luca Prevosto were defeated by Alexis Klégou & Skander Mansouri in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-0.
Isaac Stoute with William Bushamuka were defeated by Massimo Bertolini & Joy Vigani in the first round in Egypt 6-4, 7-6(3).
Shamael Chaudry with Tan Lie-We were defeated by Gabriel Petit & Yan Sabanin in the first round in Egypt 6-4, 6-3.
Finn Bass & Neil Pauffley were defeated by David Pérez Sanz & Kai Wehnelt in the semi-final in Egypt 6-4, 6-2.
Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Gaia Squarcialupi & Isabella Tcherkes Zade in the first round in Egypt 7-5, 3-6, 10-4.
George Davies with Tim Van Der Horst were defeated by Julian Butsch & Franco Emanuel Egea in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 6-2.
Luke Johnson with Francisco Cabral were defeated by Luis Faria & John Harrison Richmond in the first round in Portugal 6-4, 7-6(8).
Russell Henderson with Jose-Ricardo Nunes were defeated by Fabio Coelho & Martim Leote Prata in the quarter-final in Portugal 6-0, 6-2.
Taro Keens with Sebastianna Scilipoti were defeated by Victoria Mikhaylova & Kristina Novak in the quarter-final in Portugal 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-3.
Anna Popescu with Francisca Jorge were defeated by Katharina Hering & Manca Pislak in the final in Portugal 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.
Olivia Nichols with Elixane Lechemia were defeated by Alicia Barnett & Eden Silva in the quarter-final in France 1-6, 6-0, 10-8.
Barnett & Silva were defeated by Miriam Kolodziejová & Jesika Malečková in the semi-final in France 6-1, 6-4.
Emily Appleton with Julyette Maria Josephine Steur were defeated by Momoko Kobori & Ayano Shimizu in the semi-final in Japan 6-3, 6-4.
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