By Glenys Furness
- Alastair Gray and Daniel Cukierman claimed the title in South Africa
- Brit/Israeli lost one set en route
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Alastair Gray teamed up with Daniel Cukierman and the pair claimed the title. The Brit/Israeli partnership took out three seeded pairs en route.
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Alastair Gray teamed up for the doubles event in Johannesburg with Israeli Daniel Cukierman. The Brit/Israeli pair were unseeded. In the first round Gray & Cukierman drew the fourth seeds Timur Kiyamov & Konstantin Kravchuk. The Russians were the favourites on paper due to ranking. However, Gray & Cukierman secured a break of serve in the first set to take the lead. The second set saw the pairings go toe to toe and a tiebreak ensued. In the breaker it was the Brit/Israeli that edged ahead to take the match 6-3, 7-6(5).
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Israeli draw unseeded Canadian pair Filip Peliwo & Kelsey Stevenson. Gray & Cukierman dominated the first set as the Canadians struggled to get into the match. The second set saw Peliwo & Stevenson regroup and break the serve of Gray & Cukierman to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the Brit/Israeli that edged through to book a spot in the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
In the semi-final Gray & Cukierman were against the top seeds Benjamin Lock & Courtney John Lock. The Zimbabweans were broken by the Brit/Israeli in the first set and were behind. In the second set the top seeds were level on games when they were forced to retire, meaning that Gray & Cukierman progressed to the final 6-4, 1-1 (RET).
The final saw Gray & Cukierman against the third seeds Mateus Alves & Igor Marcondes. The Brazilians stayed close to the Brit/Israeli in the first set and forced a tiebreak. The breaker was a tense affair, but eventually the Brit/Israeli edged ahead into the lead. In the second set Gray & Cukierman managed to break the serve of Alves & Marcondes to seal the victory and lift the trophy 7-6(5), 6-3.
Doubles Round Up
Julian Cash with Vasillios Caripi were defeated by Mateus Alves & Igor Marcondes in the quarter-final in Johannesburg 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-5.
Lloyd Glasspool with Nicholas Monroe were defeated by William Blumberg & Max Schnur in the first round in Cary 6-2, 7-5.
Liam Broady with Sergiy Stakhovsky were defeated by Teymuraz Gabashvili & Maxime Janvier in the first round in Rennes 0-0 (RET).
Jack Gibbens with Hans Albert Schubert were defeated by Jonathan Binding & Goncalo Falcao in the first round in Sintra 6-2, 6-2.
Jonathan Binding with Goncalo Falcao were defeated by Pedro Araujo & Fabio Coelho in the quarter-final in Sintra 7-6(1), 6-4.
Eden Silva with Jessika Ponchet were defeated by Momoko Kobori & Hiroko Kuwata in the semi-final in Caldas Da Rainha 6-1, 6-2.
Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Momoko Kobori & Hiroko Kuwata in the final in Caldas Da Rainha 7-6(5), 7-6(2).
Sarah Beth Grey with Seone Mendez were defeated by Angela Fita Boluda & Oksana Selekhmeteva in the semi-final in Valencia 5-7, 6-4, 10-4.
Soumeya Anane with Kerstin Peckl were defeated by Caijsa Hennemann & Yeon Woo Ku in the quarter-final in Melilla 6-0, 6-1.
Felix Gill with Ivan Liutarevich were defeated by Andrea Basso & Gianmarco Ferrari in the semi-final in Ulcinj 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.
Joshua Paris & Ryan Storrie were defeated by Boris Butulija & Ivan Mikhaylyuk in the semi-final in Sozopol 7-5, 6-3.
Emile Hudd with Adam Walton were defeated by Kweisi Kenyatte & Karlis Ozolins in the semi-final in Champaign, Illinois 7-6(7), 7-6(4).
Heather Watson with Katarzyna Piter were defeated by Tara Moore & Emina Bektas in the first round in Portoroz 7-5, 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith with Rutuja Bhosale were defeated by Lucia Bronzetti & Nika Radisic in the first round in Portoroz 6-4, 6-4.
Samantha Murray-Sharan with Conny Perrin were defeated by Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove & Aleksandra Krunic in the first round in Portoroz 6-1, 6-1.
Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Tereza Mihalikova & Anna Kalinskaya in the quarter-final in Portoroz 6-4, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Metz, Bucharest, Columbus, Biel, Sweden, South Africa, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Spain, Egypt, USA & Portugal.
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