By Glenys Furness
- Tara Moore & Eleni Kordolaimi claim doubles trophy in Sharm El Sheikh
- The top seeds did not drop a set all event.
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – Tara Moore & Eleni Kordolaimi were the top seeds in the popular tourist destination. The pair claimed the title to continue the good fortunes of Brits in Egypt.
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Tara Moore teamed up with Eleni Kordolaimi and were top seeds at the ITF event in Sharm El Sheikh. The Brit/Greek partnership were looking to continue the great form in the popular tourist trap. Having ended at the quarter-final stage last week, the pair were looking to better that result.
In the first round the top seeds drew Sai Samhitha Chamarthi & Akilah James. The Indian/American were tough opposition in the first set, push the Brit/Greek all right to the end, before the top seeds secured the break of serve needed to take it. The second set saw Moore/Kordolaimi break again and go on to take the match in straight sets without much further bother 7-5, 6-3.
The quarter-final saw the top seeds against Zeel Desai & Britt Geukens. The Indian/Belgian pairing were no match at all for the Brit/Greek as Moore & Kordolaimi dismantled the non seeds. In the first set the top seeds lost only two games, the second set was more of the same as the Brit/Greek broke at will to claim a semi-final spot 6-2, 6-1.
In the semi-final Moore & Kordolaimi were against the other Brit in the draw Alicia Barnett & Julia Terzijska. The Brit/Bulgarian were third seeds so should have been a tough match up for the top seeds. However, Barnett & Terzijska proved to be an easy match, with the top seeds once again dominating and taking the match 6-2, 6-1.
The final saw the top seeds face the Indian pairing of Rutuja Bhosale & Kanika Vaidya. In the first set the unseeded pairing tried to stay toe to toe with the top seeds, however the Brit/Greek managed to get the break needed in the first set to take the lead. The second set was much easier for the top seeds and they took no time in claiming the trophy 6-4, 6-1.
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Doubles Round Up
Dom Inglot with Marcus Daniell lost in the quarter-final of Marrakesh the third seeds won the first set on a tiebreak 7-6(5) but then lost the next two 6-0, 11-9.
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski lost in the quarter-final of Houston 6-1, 7-6(0).
Brydan Klein with Ruan Roelofse lost in the first round of Taipei 6-4, 7-6(5).
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara lost in the final of Mexico City 6-2, 7-6(3).
Anna Smith with Raluca Olaru lost in the quarter-final of Lugano 7-5, 6-4.
Toby Martin with Wilson Leite lost in the first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-4, 3-6, 10-1.
Billy Harris with Maciej Rajski lost in the first round of Santa Margherita Di Pula, the Brit/Pole took the first set 6-3, but then lost the next 7-6(5), 10-5.
Dan Dowson with Jordi Samper-Montaña lost in the semi-final of Portugal 7-6(2), 7-6(7).
Evan Hoyt with Vladyslav Orlov lost in the quarter-final in Egypt 7-6, 6-3.
Conor Macdonald & Philip Sikman lost in the quarter-final in Egypt 7-6(3), 6-1.
Samm Butler & Luke Johnson lost in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-4, 6-3.
Harriet Dart with Ayla Aksu won the title in Istanbul 6-4, 7-6,
Emily Webley-Smith with Laura-Ioana Andrei lost in the first round in Istanbul 6-3, 6-4.
Emily Appleton & Maia Lumsden lost in the first round in Portugal 6-1, 6-1.
Next Week Brits play in Monte Carlo, Sarasota, Guadalajara, Tunis, Nanchang, Italy, France, USA, Egypt, Portugal, Argentina, Turkey, Zhengzhou & Fed Cup.
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