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 SijslingBotic 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 BonziAntoine 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 BaldiLuca 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 MituElena-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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