By Glenys Furness
- Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls take the weather delayed title in Obidos
- The Brits didn’t drop a set en route to the trophy
- Took out third and fourth seeds
OBIDOS, PORTUGAL – Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls took the weather delayed title without dropping a set. Having to battle the schedule and weather the Brits overcame both to lift the trophy.
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Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls were unseeded going into Obidos. Playing on outdoor carpet didn’t cause any problems surface wise, however, the weather and the scheduling left the players having to wait a day to get the win.
In the first round the Brits were drawn against Pemra Özgen & Ana Vrljić. The Turkish/Croatian pairing started well in the first set, staying with the Brits, it wasn’t long before Grey & Nicholls established a break and kept their nose in front. The second set was much more of a stroll for the Brits as Özgen & Vrlji couldn’t get anything on the game of Grey & Nicholls, and the Brits marched onto the quarter-final 6-3, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the Brits against the fourth seeds Romy Koelzer & Jessy Rompies. The German/Indonesian pairing tried to take the game to Grey & Nicholls, but the Brits were proving too strong. A single break of serve in the first set proved pivotal as the Brits held on to lead. The seeds fought back in the second set and it looked to be heading to a tiebreak. Grey & Nicholls however, managed to get the break right at the end of the set to book their spot in the semi-final 6-4, 7-5.
In the semi-final Grey & Nicholls were against another non seeded pairing. Andrea Ka & Inês Murta did well to stay with the Brits during the first set, before eventually Grey & Nicholls pulled away. The Cambodian/Portuguese pair did not fare any better in the second set. The Brits secured their spot in the final defeating Ka & Murta in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
The final saw the Brits against the third seeds Jessika Ponchet & Ganna Pozhikhirenko. Grey & Nicholls should have struggled against the French/Ukrainian as the lower ranked team, but the Brits certainly didn’t show any nerves. The weather delay certainly caused them no issues having to finish the match the a day late. Having taken the first set fairly comfortably and being up a break the play was suspended for the day. Coming back today to finish Grey & Nicholls wasted no time in finishing what they started and took the title in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
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Doubles Round Up
Freya Christie with An-Sophie Mestach lost in the second round of Obidos after taking the first set 6-2, they lost the next 6-4, 7-5.
Brydan Klein with Ryan Rofesles lost in the final of Guadalajara 7-6(3), 7-5.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares lost in the quarter-final of Monte Carlo. The Brit/Brazilian took the first set 6-3, but then lost the next 6-4, 11-9.
Naomi Broady with Yanina Wickmayer lost in the final of Zhengzhou 7-6(5), 6-3.
Ken & Neal Skupski lost in the quarter-final of Sarasota they took the first set 6-4, but lost the next 7-6(1), 10-7.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara lost in the semi-final of Sarasota 6-4, 7-5.
Liam Broady & Scott Clayton lost in the quarter-final of Tunis 6-4, 6-1
Joe Salisbury with Jonathan Eysseric lost in the final of Tunis 7-6(4), 6-2.
Billy Harris with Maciej Rajski lost in the semi-final of Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-2, 6-1.
Toby Martin with Gibril Diarra lost in the first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula, they lost the first 7-5, took the second on a tiebreak 7-6(5), but lost the match tiebreak 10-3.
This week Brits play in Barcelona, Leon, Francavilla, Anning, Italy, France, Tunisia, Israel, USA, China, Portugal, Uzbekistan & Argentina
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