By Glenys Furness
- Neal Skupski with Peter Polanski win title in Savannah Challenger
- Defeat Luke Bambridge & Mitchell Krueger in match tiebreak
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, USA – Neal Skupski (above) & Peter Polansky take the title defeating Luke Bambridge & Mitchell Krueger.
As the top seeds Neal Skupski & Peter Polansky had little trouble in the first round, taking out their opponents in straight sets, for the loss of only six games. They took the match 6-3, 6-3. In the quarter final the Brit/Canadian were up against Daniel Galan & Joao Sorgi. The top seeds broke in the first set and soon had control. The second set was one way traffic as Skupski & Polanksy served up a breadstick to take the match 6-3, 6-1.
The semi final saw the Brit/Canadian in their first real battle. Taking on Jarryd Chaplin & Tennys Sandgren the top seeds were in new territory. Losing the first set with one break of serve, they would need to do things the hard way. The second set was a much closer affair though, and the top seeds secured the break required right at the end to level up the match. A one set match tiebreak would be required to decide the finalists. After a very close breaker the Brit/Canadian edged it to take their place in the final 3-6, 7-5, 11-9.
The final would prove to be good for Brits. On the other side of the net were Luke Bambridge & Mitchell Krueger, whoever won this, a Brit would have the title. The third seeds had a similar path to the final. Winning their first two matches in straight sets. In the semi final Bambridge & Krueger were against the second seeds. Mikelis Libietis & Max Schnur had a nightmare of a first set, the Brit/American pairing strolled to a breadstick against the Latvian/American pair. The second seeds fought back in the next set, as they dominated to level up the match. Just like the first semi a match tiebreak was required, and in very similar vein the Brit/American pairing edged this to set up the “all Brit” final. 6-1, 2-6, 10-7.
Fittingly, the final would also go the distance. The third seeds took the first set with one break of serve. Skupski & Polansky were not going down without a fight, and broke in the second set to level up. In the match tiebreak the top seeds were dominant and took the title 4-6, 6-3, 10-1.
Other doubles results
Katy Dunne with Julia Glushko lost in the final in Gifu to the top seeds Eri Hozumi & Miyu Kato 6-4, 6-2.
Brydan Klein with Yuki Bhambri lost in the semi final in Gimcheon 6-4, 3-6, 7-10.
Joe Salisbury & David O’Hare lost in the quarter final in Gimcheon 6-2, 6-4.
Kyle Edmund with Joao Sousa lost in the first round in Estoril 7-6 (1), 6-7(8), 11-13.
Ken Skupski & Aljaz Bedene lost in the first round of Istanbul 6-2, 7-6(3).
Dom Inglot with Santiago Gonzalez lost in the quarter final of Istanbul 2-6, 6-1, 10-4
Next Week Brits play in Madrid (Jamie Murray & Johanna Konta), Seoul (Klein & Salisbury).
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