By Glenys Furness
- Naomi Broady and Asia Muhammad won the doubles title in Kurume
- Second title in as many weeks for the Brit
KURUME, JAPAN – Naomi Broady once again teamed up with Asia Muhammad for the doubles. The Brit/American only lost one set en route to the final.
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Naomi Broady and Asia Muhammad once again teamed up and were the top seeds in Japan, and in the first round they drew Megumi Nishimoto & Kotomi Takahata. The Brit/American did not get off to the best start as the Japanese pairing broke serve and took the first set. Broady & Muhammad re-grouped in the second breaking to level the match. A match tie-break followed to decided the pair moving into the quarter-final, the top seeds edged this the breaker to move into the next round 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.
The quarter-final saw the top seeds against Ayaka Okuno & Tammi Patterson. The Japanese/Australian pair could do nothing with the game of Broady & Muhammad as the Brit/American broke twice in each set, dominating the match, and the top seeds soon progressed into the semi-final 6-2, 6-2.
In the semi-final Broady & Muhammad were up against the fourth seeds Momoko Kobori & Hiroko Kuwata. The fourth seeds stayed with the top seeds at the start of the set, however the Brit/American stayed focussed and obtained the break of serve needed. It was much the same in the second set, where the top seeds edged ahead and held on for the win to book a spot in the final 6-3, 6-4.
The final had the top seeds against Katy Dunne & Abigail Tere-Apisah. In the first set Broady & Muhammad dominated the games, leaving the unseeded pairing with a lot of work to do. Dunne & Tere-Apisah were unable to make inroads into the service games of the seeds, meaning that the Brit/American took the trophy and back to back titles 6-2, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Tara Moore with Amra Sadiković were defeated by Yuki Kristina Chiang & Nagi Hanatani in the first round in Japan 6-0, 7-6(3).
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah in the semi-final in Rome 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-8.
Johanna Konta with Zhang Shuai retired from the doubles in Rome without hitting a ball having had a bye in the first round.
Ken & Neal Skupski were defeated by Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen in the first round in Heilbronn 7-6(7), 6-4.
Liam Broady & Scott Clayton were defeated by Tomasz Bednarek & Hunter Reese in the first round in Lisbon 6-2, 6-3.
Jonathan Gray with Yann Wojcik were defeated by Pawel Cias & Mateusz Kowalczyk in the quarter-final in Poland 6-3, 6-1.
Thomas Colautti with Alexander Day were defeated by Anis Ghorbel & Vasko Mladenov in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-2.
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradley were defeated by Harrison Adams & Miles Seemann in the semi-final in Mexico 7-6(2), 7-6(4).
Emily Webley-Smith with Rutuja Bhosale were defeated by Guo Hanyu & Zhang Ying in the semi-final in China 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-8.
Alicia Barnett & Maia Lumsden were defeated by Chang Kai-chen & Hsu Ching-Wen in the quarter-final in Korea 6-3, 6-2.
Freya Christie with Berfu Cengiz were defeated by Han Na-Lae & Kim Na-Ri in the semi-final in Korea 6-4, 6-2.
Anna Popescu with Marina Yudanov won the title in Sweden defeating Joana Eidukonytė & Daria Kuczer 6-4, 6-2.
Next Week Brits play in Geneva, Lyon, Paris, Loughborough, Poland, Tunisia, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Nurnberg, Japan, USA & Korea.
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