By Glenys Furness
- Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls claim title in Portugal
- The Brits only dropped one set en route
FIGUEIRA DA FOZ, PORTUGAL – Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls entered the ITF event and lifted the trophy. The Brits dropped one set en route.
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Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls entered the ITF event in Portugal. The British pair were unseeded. In the first round they drew the only other Brits in the event, Freya Christie & Emily Appleton. Barnett & Nicholls dominated the first set, they didn’t drop a game. In the second set Barnett & Nicholls continued the dominance, although Appleton & Christie managed to hold serve twice. Barnett & Nicholls moved into the quarter-finals in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
The quarter-final saw the Brits against Momoko Kobori & Ayano Shimziu. The Japanese pair were totally outplayed by the Brits. Barnett & Nicholls dominated both sets, barely putting a foot wrong. The Brits lost only three games and moved into the semi-final with ease 6-1, 6-2.
In the semi-final the Brits were up against Barbara Gatica & Rebeca Pereira. The Chilean/Brazilian stayed with the Brits in the first set. Eventually though Barnett & Nicholls secured a break of serve to move into the lead. Gatica & Pereira re-grouped in the second set, dominating the Brits to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the Brits edged ahead and didn’t look back. Barnett & Nicholls booked their spot in the final dropping only one set 6-4, 2-6, 10-6.
The final saw the Brits against Berfu Cengiz & Anastasia Tikhonova. The Turkish/Russian pair found the Brits too strong in the first set, as Barnett & Nicholls broke serve to move ahead. The second set was much closer as Cengiz & Tikhonova stayed toe to toe and forced a tiebreak. The breaker was controlled by the Brits who claimed the title in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(3).
Doubles Round Up
James Ward & Stuart Parker were defeated by Dom Inglot & Luke Bambridge in the first round at Queens 6-3. 6-2.
Dan Evans & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Feliciano López & Jannik Sinner in the first round at Queens 7-6(8), 6-2.
Alistair Gray with Harri Heliövaara were defeated by John Peers & Reilly Opelka in the first round in Queens 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.
Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Cameron Norrie & Alex De Minaur in the second round in Queens 5-7, 6-1, 12-10.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Max Purcell & Aslan Karatsev in the second round in Queens 6-4, 6-4.
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by John Peers & Reilly Opelka in the second round in Queens 6-7(8), 7-6(4), 10-2.
Dom Inglot & Luke Bambridge were defeated by Robert Farah & Juan Sebastián Cabal in the second round in Queens 6-4, 6-4.
Liam Broady & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Nicolas Mahut & Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round in Queens 6-7(8), 6-2, 12-10.
Cameron Norrie with Alex De Minaur were defeated by John Peers & Reilly Opelka in the semi-final at Queens 7-6(3), 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith & Sarah Beth Grey were defeated by Ingrid Neel & Elixane Lechemia in the first round at Birmingham 6-3, 6-2.
Harriet Dart & Heather Watson were defeated by Naiktha Bains & Tereza Martincová in the first round at Birmingham 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Eden Silva & Tara Moore were defeated by Ellen Perez & Ons Jabeur in the quarter-final at Birmingham 5-7, 6-2, 10-5.
Naiktha Bains with Tereza Martincová were defeated by Hsieh Su-Wei & Elise Mertens in the quarter-final at Birmingham 6-2, 6-4.
Luke Johnson & Aidan McHugh were defeated by Anton Matusevich & Borna Gojo in the first round at Nottingham 7-6(7), 7-5.
Jay Clarke with Thanasi Kokkinakis were defeated by Go Soeda & Zhang Zhizhen in the first round at Nottingham 0-0 (RET).
Ted Maclean & Finn Murgett were defeated by Nathaniel Lammons & Jackson Withrow in the first round at Nottingham 6-3, 6-3.
Matilda Mutavdzic with Panna Udvardy were defeated by Naomi Broady & Samantha Murray Sharan in the first round at Nottingham 6-4, 6-2.
Kylie Bilchev with Marie Benoit were defeated by Priscilla Hon & Storm Sanders in the first round at Nottingham 7-5, 6-3.
Anton Matusevich with Borna Gojo were defeated by Matthew Ebden & Andrei Vasilevski in the quarter-final at Nottingham 6-3, 7-6(3).
Arthur Fery & Felix Gill were defeated by Marc Polmans & Matt Reid in the quarter-final at Nottingham 6-3, 6-4.
Naomi Broady & Samantha Murray Sharan were defeated by Ankita Raina & Renata Zarazua in the quarter-final at Nottingham 7-6(4), 6-3.
George Loffhagen with Matvey Minin were defeated by Theo Arribage & Lilian Marmousez in the first round at Grasse 6-3, 6-4.
Billy Harris with Stefano Battaglino were defeated by Francisco Comesana & Mariano Kestelbolm in the quarter-final at Antalya 7-6(4), 6-3.
Julian Cash & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Hong Seong-Chan & Nam Ji-Sung in the first round at Monastir 6-4, 2-6, 10-2.
Emilie Lindh with Raphaella Lacasse were defeated by Aleksandra Wierzbowska & Joanna Zawadzka in the quarter-final at Monastir 6-2, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Eastbourne, Roehampton (Wimbledon Qualifying), Italy, Turkey, Tunisia, Portugal, France & USA.
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