By Glenys Furness
- Mark Whitehouse made the doubles final in Germany
- Defeated seeds along the way.
Kaarst, Germany – Mark Whitehouse joined up with Mats Rosenkranz for the ITF event. The pair made the final before being defeated.
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Mark Whitehouse teamed up with Mats Rosenkranz and entered the ITF doubles event in Kaarst, Germany. Unseeded the pair drew the second seeds in the first round. Robin Kern & Sami Reinwein retired from the match before the start, handing the Brit/German a place in the quarter-final.
In the quarter-final Whitehouse & Rosenkranz were against Jannis Kahlke & Henri Squire. The Germans pushed the Brit/German pairing all the way in the first set and a tiebreak ensued. Whitehouse & Rosenkranz edged the breaker. The second set was dominated by the Brit/German pairing with Kahlke & Squire unable to get back into the match. Whitehouse & Rosenkranz moved into the semi-final 7-6(5), 6-2.
The semi-final saw the Brit/German were against fourth seeds Kai Lemstra & Christoph Negritu. The seeds got off to the better start and broke Whitehouse & Rosenkranz and took the set. In the second set it was the Brit/German that fought back to break the seeds serve and level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak Whitehouse & Rosenkranz edged ahead and moved int the final 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
In the final the Brit/German faced the third seeds Igor Sijsling & Botic Van De Zandschulp. The Dutch pairing broke Whitehouse & Rosenkranz in both sets to take the title and end the great run of the Brit/German pairing. Sijsling & Van De Zandschulp lifted the trophy after a 6-4, 6-4 win.
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Doubles Round Up
Ken & Neal Skupski were defeated by Benjamin Bonzi & Antoine Hoang in the quarter-final in Montpellier 6-2, 7-5.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Benjamin Bonzi & Antoine Hoang in the semi-final in Montpellier 6-4, 6-4.
Dom Inglot & Franko Skugor were defeated by Simone Bolelli & Andreas Seppi in the first round in Sofia 6-3, 1-6, 11-9.
Scott Clayton with Adil Shamasdin were defeated by Filippo Baldi & Luca Margaroli in the semi-final in Budapest 6-4, 7-6(4).
Brydan Klein with Toshihide Matsui were defeated by Vijay Sundar Prashanth & Rubin Statham in the first round in Chennai 6-4, 6-4.
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Korey Lovett were defeated by Marco Bortolotti & Jakob Sude in the quarter-final in Switzerland 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.
Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson were defeated by Julian Lenz & Ryan Shane in the quarter-final in Switzerland 7-5, 7-5.
Harry Thursfield with Ashwin Sharma were defeated by Adelchi Virgili & Mubarak Shannan Zayid in the first round in Monastir 6-1, 6-1.
Samm Butler with Simon Ivanov were defeated by Manuel Guinard & Gabriel Petit in the quarter-final in Monastir 7-5, 6-3.
Evan Hoyt & Luke Johnson were defeated by Erik Crepaldi & Joseph Van Meter in the semi-final in Monastir 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-6.
Sasha Hill & Anna Popescu were defeated by Leonie Küng & Elizabeth Mandlik in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-2, 6-2.
Alicia Barnett & Eden Silva were defeated by Andreea Mitu & Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the quarter-final in Grenoble 6-0, 6-0.
Next week Brits play in Buenos Aires, New York, Barnstaple, Tunisia, Shrewsbury, Egypt & Australia.
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