By Glenys Furness

  • Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara take title in Izmir
  • Pair don’t drop a set en-route to the final
  • Handed the title with a walkover.
IZMIR, TURKEY – Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara claim first ATP Challenger doubles title without dropping a set.

Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara were the third seeds in Izmir and their first round saw them up against Nikola Milojevic & Aldin Setkic. The Brits were little troubled in the first set, as Milojevic & Setkic were just outclassed by the seeds and were unable to get on the serve. The Brits took the first set quickly. The second set was not much more difficult for the seeds, needing just the one break of serve to book the quarter-final spot. 6-2, 6-3.

The quarter-final saw the seeds against the Brazilian team of Caio Silva & Thales Turini, the seeds were pushed in the first set as neither pairing were able to break the deadlock. In the resulting tiebreak the Brazilians kept the points tight before the Brits eventually prevailed to claim the set. The second set and the Brits managed to get the break of serve on the Brazilians to claim the match 7-6(5), 6-4.

In the semi-final the Brits were up against the second seeds Luca Margaroli & Lucas Miedler. The first set saw Clayton & O’Mara take the break needed and go on to consolidate. The second set was much closer, as the Brits were taken to a tiebreak by the second seeds. Margaroli & Miedler tried to force things but the Brits were not going away and once again sealed the win and a place in the final 6-4, 7-6(4).

In the final the Brits were due to meet the top seeds Denys Molchanov & Sergiy Stakhovsky. The Ukranians had been pushed all the way in their semi-final and had needed a match tiebreak to make the final. However, Molchanov & Stakhovsky withdrew and handed the title to Clayton & O’Mara.


Doubles Round up

Dom Inglot with Daniel Nestor lost in the quarter-final of St Petersburg 7-6(10), 5-7, 4-10.

Neal Skupski with Divij Sharan lost in the first round of Metz 4-6, 2-6

Anna Smith with Nicole Melichar lost in the first round of Tokyo 4-6, 1-6

Katy Dunne with Priscilla Hon lost in the semi-final of Seoul 3-6, 0-6

Olivia Nicholls & Alicia Barnett won the title in Madrid 6-1. 6-2.

Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury lost in the semi-final of Columbus Challenger 3-6,4-6

Luke Bambridge with David O’Hare lost in the final of Columbus Challenger 6-7(5), 6-7(3).

Tara Moore with Conny Perrin won the title in Albuquerque taking out the top seeds Viktorija Golubic & Amra Sadikovic 6-3, 6-3

Next week Brits play in Chengdu, Wuhan, Orleans, Tiburon, Jonkoping & Clermont-Ferrand

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