By Glenys Furness
- Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls secure doubles title in Shrewsbury
- Third seeds only drop two sets en route to the title
- Defeated top seeds in semi-final
SHREWSBURY, UK – Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls teamed up for the ITF event in Shrewsbury and were seeded third. The Brits secured the title and took out the top seeds en route.
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Sarah Beth Grey & Olivia Nicholls teamed up again at the ITF event in Shrewsbury and were the third seeds. The Brits first round opponents were Leonie Küng & Isabella Shinikova. The Swiss/Bulgarian pair were unable to stop the Brits from dominating the first set, struggling to hold serve and the Brits moved into the lead. The second set was a little closer, but Grey & Nicholls broke serve and moved into the quarter-finals 6-2, 6-4.
In the quarter-final the third seeds were up against Eden Silva & Julia Terzijska. The third seeds went toe to toe with Silva & Terzijska in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The Brit/Bulgarian pair took the tiebreak and moved ahead. However, the seeds re-grouped in the next set to secure the break of serve required, levelling up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak Grey & Nicholls edged ahead and moved into the semi-final 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-8.
The semi-final saw the Brits facing the top seeds Camilla Rosatello & Valeria Savinykh. The Italian/Russian stayed with the Brits and forced a tiebreak. Grey & Nicholls dominated the tiebreak losing only one point to move clear. The second set saw the third seeds continue their dominance with the Italian/Russian unable to hold serve. The Brits moved into the final 7-6(1), 6-0.
In the final the Brits were up against Tayisiya Morderger & Yana Morderger. The Germans got out to a flying start and dominated the first set, breaking at will. The Brits were unable to get a game on the board. The third seeds re-grouped in the second set and broke the Germans to level the match. In the deciding match tiebreak Grey & Nicholls flew out to a lead that was never in danger and lifted the title 0-6, 6-3, 10-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Ali Collins with Jule Niemeier were defeated by Camilla Rosatello & Valeria Savinykh in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-3, 6-3.
Anna Popescu with Marina Yudanov were defeated by Eden Silva & Julia Terzijska in the first round in Shrewsbury 6-1, 6-0.
Freya Christie with Diāna Marcinkēviča were defeated by Emily Appleton & Marie Benoît in the first round in Shrewsbury 7-6(4), 7-5.
Emily Appleton with Marie Benoît were defeated by Tayisiya Morderger & Yana Morderger in the semi-final in Shrewsbury 6-1, 4-6, 10-3.
Billy Harris & Neil Pauffley were defeated by Jirat Navasirisomboon & Chanchai Sookton-Eng in the first round in Thailand 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7.
Elliott Farmer & Matthew Hingley were defeated by Joshua Rose & Stamatios Kapiris in the first round in Greece 0-6, 6-1, 10-8.
Kiri Psaras with Athanasios Bilis were defeated by Francesco Ferrari & Michail Pervolarakis in the first round in Greece 6-1, 6-1.
Jake Hersey with Pedro Vives Marcos were defeated by Alexandru Vasile Manole & Dan Alexandru Tomescu in the quarter-final in Greece 7-6(5), 6-4.
Joshua Rose & Stamatios Kapiris were defeated by Filippo Moroni & Stefan Palosi in the quarter-final in Greece 7-5, 7-6(1).
George Davies & Adam Jones were defeated by Francesco Ferrari & Michail Pervolarakis in the quarter-final in Greece 6-0, 6-2.
Alexis Canter with Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin were defeated by Marc Dijkhuizen & Bart Stevens in the first round in Kuwait 6-1, 6-2.
Jonathan Binding with Roy Sarut De Valk were defeated by Alec Adamson & Miles Seemann in the final in Kuwait 6-4, 7-6(5).
David Quayle with Kristjan Tamm were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Vasko Mladenov in the first round in Estonia 6-3, 6-4.
Joshua Paris with Denis Klok were defeated by Vladimir Ivanov & Maxim Ratniuk in the quarter-final in Estonia 6-4, 2-1 RET.
Lamar Bartley & Isaac Stoute were defeated by William Bushamuka & Jordan Parker in the first round in Mozambique 7-6(2), 6-4.
Joe Cooper with Matt Seeberger were defeated by Yan Bondarevskiy & Simon Carr in the first round in Mozambique 6-0, 6-3.
Giles Hussey with Roberts Grinvalds were defeated by Julian Bradley & Justin Butsch in the quarter-final in USA RET.
Naomi Broady with Jacqueline Cako were defeated by Ulrikke Eikeri & Réka Luca Jani in the first round in Las Vegas 3-6, 6-1, 10-7.
Heather Watson with Nicole Gibbs were defeated by Asia Muhammad & Maria Sanchez in the semi-final in Las Vegas RET.
Next week Brits play in London, Bangalore, Houston, Champaign, Kobe, USA Futures, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Kuwait, Finland, Mozambique, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Taipei, India & Spain.
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