By Glenys Furness

  • Julian Cash with Anis Ghorbel claimed the title in Tunisia
  • Defeated the top seeds en route
MONASTIR, TUNISIA – Julian Cash with Anis Ghorbel teamed up to play the ITF even in Tunisia. The Brit/Tunisian were unseeded and went on to lift the trophy.

 

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Julian Cash teamed up with Tunisian Anis Ghorbel for the ITF event in Monastir. The pair were unseeded, and their first round opponents were Gianmarco AmatisteRaffaele Giuliano. The Spanish/Italian pair were no match for Cash & Ghorbel in the first set. The Brit/Tunisian broke and took the lead. Amatiste & Giuliano re-grouped in the second set and dominated to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was Cash & Ghorbel that dominated and moved into the quarter-final 6-3, 2-6, 10-2.

In the quarter-final Cash & Ghorbel were against the top seeds Riccardo BalzeraniJacopo Berrettini. The Italians could not get a handle on the Brit/Tunisian game in the first set, and the non seeds dominated to take the lead. The second set was much closer as the Italian top seeds fought back, forcing a tiebreak and levelled the match. Once again a match tiebreak was involved, this one was much closer, but the Brit/Tunisian edged it to book a spot in the semi-final 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-7.

The semi-final saw the Brit/Tunisian against Altuğ Çelikbilek & Robert Strombachs. The Turkish/German pair could not contain Cash & Ghorbel in either set. One break of serve in each was all that was needed. Cash & Ghorbel took their chances and booked a spot in the final 6-4, 6-4.

In the final Cash & Ghorbel were facing Valentin GuentherPhilipp Schroll. The German/Austrian pair pushed hard in the first set, and looked to force a tiebreak. However, it was the Brit/Tunisian that achieved the break and moved ahead. The second set saw Cash & Ghorbel break early and seal the win, lifting the trophy in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.

 

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Doubles Round Up

Emily Webley-Smith with Sanaz Marand were defeated by Sabrina SantamariaValeria Savinykh in the first round in Newport Beach 6-4, 7-6(7).

Gabriella Taylor with Kyōka Okamura were defeated by Paula Badosa GibertMarta Kostyuk in the quarter-final in Burnie 6-2, 6-3.

Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson were defeated by Karlo Cubelic & Marvin Netuschil in the quarter-final in Germany 7-5, 1-6, 10-7.

Liam Broady with Arjun Kadhe were defeated by Marek GengelDanylo Kalenichenko in the semi-final in Germany 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-6.

Toby Martin with Alen Rogic Hadzalic were defeated by Michiel De KromMats Rosenkranz in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 7-5, 5-7, 10-5.

David Fox with Luca Giacomini were defeated by Quentin Robert & Jean Thirouin in the first round in France 0-0 RET

Luke Johnson with Jakub Paul were defeated by Michal Konecny & Tomas Machac in the first round in France 5-7, 6-4, 10-5.

Mark Whitehouse with Eduardo Struvay were defeated by Michal Konecny & Tomas Machac in the quarter-finals in France 0-0 RET.

Maia Lumsden with Maja Chwalińska were defeated by Myrtille GeorgesAmandine Hesse in the first round in France 1-6, 7-6(6), 10-6.

Katy Dunne with Berfu Cengiz were defeated by Andreea MituElena-Gabriela Ruse in the quarter-final in France 0-0 RET.

Freya Christie with Dalma Gálfi were defeated by Vivian HeisenGanna Poznikhirenko in the quarter-final in Kazan 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Naomi Broady with Ng Kwan-Yau were defeated by Han Na-LaeOlivia Tjandramulia in the first round in Singapore 6-1, 6-2.

Tara Moore with Caroline Werner were defeated by Peangtarn PlipuechErika Sema in the first round in Singapore 4-6, 6-3, 15-13.

Emilie Lindh with Laetitia Pulchartova were defeated by Patricia Boentgen & Gabriella Mujan in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 6-3.

Aleksandra & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Jacqueline Cabaj Awad & Fiona Ganz in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-4, 7-6(4).

Ella Taylor with Laura Svatikova were defeated by Rina SaigoYukina Saigo in the first round in Manacor 6-2, 6-2.

Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Marcelo Demoliner & Frederik Nielsen in the second round in the Australian Open 6-3, 6-2.

Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares in the second round in the Australian Open 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by Henri Kontinen & John Peers in the second round in the Australian Open 6-3, 6-4.

Cameron Norrie with Taylor Fritz were defeated by Jack Sock & Jackson Withrow in the second round in the Australian Open 6-7(8), 6-3, 7-6(10).

Heather Watson with Tatjana Maria were defeated by Nicole Melichar & Květa Peschke in the first round in the Australian Open 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Harriet Dart with Anett Kontaveit were defeated by Kirsten Flipkens & Johanna Larsson in the first round in the Australian Open 6-2, 6-4.

Dom Inglot with Johanna Larson were defeated by Kristina Mladenovic & Robert Lindstedt in the first round in the Australian Open 6-2, 6-2.

Neal Skupski with María José Martínez Sánchez were defeated by Barbora Krejčíková & Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals in the Australian Open 6-0, 6-4.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Henri Kontinenn & John Peers in the quarter-finals in the Australian Open 6-3, 6-4.

Jamie Murray with Bethanie Mattek-Sands were defeated by Astra SharmaJohn-Patrick Smith in the quarter-finals in the Australian Open 6-2, 7-6(5).

Next week Brits play in Cleveland, Quimper, Launceston, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Australia, India & Spain.

 

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