• Alicia Barnett claimed doubles title in Egypt
  • With Yuriko Miyazaki the pair were the top seeds
  • Didn’t drop a set en route to the title
SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT – Alicia Barnett teamed up with Yuriko Lily Miyazaki and were the top seeds. The Brit/Japanese pair didn’t drop a set all week.

 

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Alicia Barnett and Yuriko Miyazaki teamed up for the ITF event in Sharm-El-Sheikh and were the top seeds. The Brit/Japanese drew Anna Borovinskaya & Laure Line Glaude in the first round. The top seeds totally dominated the first set, breaking at will. The American/Belgian were unable to hold serve at all and were soon down a set. In the second set the Brit/Japanese again dominated, however Borovinskaya & Glaude were able to secure some holds. The top seeds progressed through to the quarter-final 6-0, 6-2.

The quarter-final saw the top seeds against Lee Ya-Hsuan & Aline Thommen. Barnett & Miyazaki managed to break the serve of the Taiwanese/Swiss pair to take the lead in the match. In the second set the Brit/Japanese found Ya-Hsuan & Thommen much tougher, and a tiebreak ensued. Fortunately the breaker was clinched by the top seeds who moved into the semi-final 6-3, 7-6(4).

In the semi-final the Brit/Japanese were against the fourth seeds Funa Kozaki & Thaisa Grana Pedretti. Barnett & Miyazaki dominated the first set, losing only one game. In the second set Kozaki & Pedretti fought well, but were unable to prevent the top seeds from securing the break needed to move into the final 6-1, 6-4.

The final pitched the top seeds against Yeon Woo Ku & Raphelle Lacasse. The South Korean/Canadian stayed with Barnett & Miyazaki in the first set, before the top seeds secured the break of serve and the lead. This seemed to break the spirit of Ku & Lacasse as the Brit/Japanese totally dominated the second set to lift the trophy in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.

 

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Doubles Round Up

Luke Johnson with David Poljak were defeated by Oscar Jose Gutierrez & Takuto Niki in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.

Ben Jones & Joshua Paris were defeated by Shao-Fan Liu & Makoto Ochi in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-4, 4-6, 11-9.

Jonathan Binding & Henry Patten were defeated by Filip Bergevi & Jonathan Mridha in the first round in Pune 6-7(5), 6-3, 10-4.

Aidan McHugh with Dominik Palan were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Arjum Kadhe in the first round in Pune 4-6, 7-5, 10-2.

Naiktha Bains with Conny Perrin were defeated by Irene Burillo Escorihuela & Nuria Parrizas-Diaz in the first round in Buenos Aires 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Jay Clarke & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Marc Polmans & Aleksander Vukic in the first round in Lugano 6-3, 6-4.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Dan Evans & Neal Skupski in the second round in Miami 5-7, 7-6(4), 10-7.

Heather Watson with Alja Tomljanovic were defeated by Ekaterina Alexandrova & Yang Zhaoxuan in the first round in Miami 6-4, 6-1.

Next week Brits play in Miami, Switzerland, Egypt, India, Tunisia, Argentina & Dubai.

 

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