By Glenys Furness
- Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor claim title in Basel
- Joe Salisbury & Neal Skupski take title in Vienna
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor claimed their first ATP 500 doubles title together, the Brits third ATP 500 title and the Croatians first. Meanwhile in Vienna Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski claimed the ATP 500 title, neither had won a title at this level previously.
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Dom Inglot and regular 2018 partner Franko Skugor entered the ATP 500 event in Basel. The Swiss city has been successful for the Brit previously, having gained the title back in 2013 with Treat Huey. Inglot & Skugor first round opponents were Marco Cecchinato & Andreas Seppi. The Italians were no match for the Brit/Croatian though and found their serve broken quickly. In the second set Cecchinato & Seppi managed to stay a little closer but eventually Inglot & Skugor broke serve to book a spot in the quarter-final 6-3, 6-4.
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Croatian face the fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna & Marcel Granollers. Inglot & Skugor did not get off to the best start, as the Indian/Spaniard broke to take the first set. The Brit/Croatian re-grouped in the second set and forced a tiebreak. It was Inglot & Skugor that edged the breaker to level the match. In the deciding match tiebreak the Brit/Croatian dominated to take their spot in the semi-final 2-6, 7-6(6), 10-3.
In the semi-final Inglot & Skugor were up against Julio Peralta & Horacio Zeballos, the Chilean/Argentine got the jump on the Brit/Croatian getting the break at the end of the first set. Once again Inglot & Skugor re-grouped and managed to get the break early in the second set to level up. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the Brit/Croatian that got the break and stayed ahead to book the spot in the final 5-7, 6-3, 10-6.
The final saw Inglot & Skugor against Alexander Zverev and Mischa Zverev. In the first set the Germans were no match at all for the Brit/Croatian who eased through to an early lead. The second set was much closer, with the Zverev brothers staying toe to toe with the Brit/Croatian until the end of the set when the Germans dropped serve. Inglot and Skugor took the title 6-2, 7-5, giving the Brit his third ATP 500 level title and Skugor his first.
Joe Salisbury & Neal Skupski teamed up for the ATP 500 event in Austria and were unseeded. The Brits first round opponents were Marcus Daniell & Wesley Koolhoe. The Kiwi/Dutch pair broke the serve of the Brits early and moved out into the lead. Salisbury & Skupski re-grouped in the second and forced a tiebreak which they dominated. In the deciding match tiebreak it was the Brits who moved into the quarter-final taking the match 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-4.
In the quarter-final Salisbury & Skupski were facing Andreas Mies & Hans Podlipnik-Castillo. The first set was close as the German/Chilean stayed toe to toe with the Brits and force a tiebreak. The Brits edged ahead in the breaker and took the first set. In the second set Mies & Podlipnik-Castillo were unable to stop the Brits from breaking serve, meaning that Salisbury & Skupski moved into the semi-final 7-6(6), 6-3.
The semi-final saw the Brits against the second seeds Łukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo. The seeds started well and broke the serve of Salisbury & Skupski as they dominated the first set. The Brits re-grouped and fought back in the second, breaking the serve of Kubot & Melo to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the Brits that edged into the final taking out the seeds 2-6, 6-3, 10-8.
In the final Salisbury & Skupski took on Mike Bryan and Édouard Roger-Vasselin. The Brits were not favourites for the title but stayed toe to toe with the American/French team in the first set, and forced a tiebreak. The Brits edged the breaker and needed one more set to lift their first ATP 500 title. The second set was easier for Salisbury & Skupski and they broke the serve of Bryan & Roger-Vasselin to lift the trophy 7-6(5), 6-3, Winning the title in Vienna was the first ATP 500 title for both Salisbury & Skupski. Previously both had won titles at ATP 250 level with separate partners.
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Doubles Round Up
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Andreas Mies & Hans Podlipnik-Castillo in the first round in Vienna 6-4, 6-2.
Luke Bambridge with Marcelo Demoliner were defeated by Jonny O’Mara & Hugo Nys in the first round in Brest 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-8.
Jonny O’Mara with Hugo Nys were defeated by Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen in the quarter-final in Brest 6-4, 6-4.
Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Max Purcell & Luke Saville in the semi-final in Traralgon 6-7(7), 7-5, 10-8.
Liam Broady with Lee Duck-Hee were defeated by Arjun Kadhe & Yaraslav Shyla in the first round in Lizhou 6-4, 6-3.
Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson were defeated by Maxime Cressy & Nicolas Meister in the quarter-final in USA 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradley were defeated by Maxime Cressy & Nicolas Meister in the semi-final in USA 6-3, 6-2.
Russell Henderson with Pedro Graca were defeated by Antonio Pedro Pragana & Bernardo Serra Vieira in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 6-2.
Luke Johnson with Luca Castelnuovo defeated Francisco Cabral & Sergio Martos Gornes in the final in Portugal 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.
Billy Harris with Rhett Purcell were defeated by Lê Quốc Khánh & Ly Hoang Nam in the semi-final in Vietnam 6-1, 6-4.
Olivia Sonnekus-Williams with Jessie Aney were defeated by Kristyna Hrabalova & Nikola Tomanova in the quarter-final of Tunisia 6-1, 7-6(5).
Helena Jansen Figueras with Joanne Zuger were defeated by Silvia Njirić & Joanna Zawadzka in the quarter-final of Tunisia 6-2, 6-2.
Mason Recci with Omar Elkadi were defeated by Alexander Erler & Petr Hájek in the first round in Egypt 6-2, 6-2.
Isaac Stoute with William Bushamuka were defeated by Ali Dawani & Adam Moundir in the first round in Egypt 6-4, 6-2.
Shamael Chaudry with Samuel Philp were defeated by Shalva Dzhanashiya & Alexander Igoshin in the semi-final in Egypt 6-2, 6-2.
Olivia Elliott & Eliz Maloney were defeated by Ulyana Ayzatulina & Elena-Teodora Cadar in the quarter-final in Egypt 6-3, 6-2.
Sizya Ernest Kivanda with Maxence Bertimon were defeated by Benjamin Dhoe & Flemming Peters in the first round in Germany 6-2, 6-2.
Eden Silva with Julia Terzijska were defeated by Viktorija Golubic & Arantxa Rus were defeated in the first round in France 6-1, 7-5.
Jodie Burrage with Albina Khabibulina were defeated by Destanee Aiava & Naiktha Bains in the first round in Australia 7-5, 6-2.
Katy Dunne with Erin Routliffe were defeated by Lizette Cabrera & Jaimee Fourlis in the first round in Australia 6-0, 6-7(6), 10-7.
Naomi Broady with Ayaka Okuno were defeated by Elitsa Kostova & Katherine Sebov in the first round in Canada 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Tara Moore with Conny Perrin defeated Sharon Fichman & Maria Sanchez in the final in Canada 6-0, 5-7, 10-7.
Danielle Daley & Alice Gillan were defeated by Tiffany William & Paulina Jastrzebska in the first round in Sweden 6-1, 7-6(3).
Tiffany William with Paulina Jastrzebska were defeated by Alexandra Viktorovitch & Lisa Zaar in the semi-final in Sweden 6-3, 6-3.
Harriet Dart with Cornelia Lister defeated Laura-Ioana Andrei & Helene Scholsen in the final in Norway 7-6(3), 7-5.
Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Katharina Gerlach & Lena Rüffer in the first round in Norway 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.
Next week Brits play in Paris, Shenzhen, Canberra, Charlottesville, Thailand, Vietnam, Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, Estonia, China, Wirral, France, Spain, Turkey & Sweden.
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