By Glenys Furness
- Dom Inglot & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi made the final in Montpellier
- Defeated second and fourth seeds en route
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE – Dom Inglot with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi entered the ATP 250 event. The Brit/Pakistani pair made the final after defeating the second and fourth seeds.
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Dom Inglot teamed up with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and entered the ATP 250 event in Montpellier. In the first round the Brit/Pakistani were drawn against Alexander Bublik & Damir Džumhur. The Bosnian/Kazakh stayed with Inglot & Qureshi in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. Bublik & Džumhur edged the breaker. However, the Brit/Pakistani fought back in the second set and earned a break of serve to level up. The match tiebreak was very close, however Inglot & Qureshi edged this and into the next round 6-7(5), 6-4, 12-10.
The quarter-final saw Inglot & Qureshi against the second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecău. The Brit/Pakistani kept things tight and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Inglot & Qureshi stormed through the tiebreak and took the lead. However, the seeds fought back in the next an forced another breaker. This time it was the Dutch/Romanian that eased through and levelled up. Once again a match tiebreak was needed to settle things, again it was Inglot & Qureshi who edged this and moved into the semi final 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 11-9.
In the semi-final the Brit/Pakistani were up against the fourth seeds, the all British pairing of Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski. The fourth seeds got off to the better start and broke serve to take the lead. Inglot & Qureshi started a fightback in the second set, forcing a tiebreak. Murray & Skuspki were unable to hold off their opponents and everything was once again level. The match tiebreak to decide the finalists was not as close as the others. The Brit/Pakistani eased through to the final 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-5.
The final saw Inglot & Qureshi against another unseeded pairing of Nikola Čačić & Mate Pavić. The Serb/Croat pair broke serve with the Brit/Pakistani unable to break back. The second set was much closer as Inglot & Qureshi forced a tiebreak, which they went on to claim. Fittingly, a match tiebreak would settle the winners and it was the Serb/Croat who managed to come out on top 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool & Alex Lawson in the quarter-final in Dallas 4-6, 7-6(9), 12-10.
Lloyd Glasspool with Alex Lawson were defeated by Luis David Martínez & Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela in the semi-final in Dallas 7-6(3), 6-7(1), 10-6.
Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Nathan Pasha & Max Schnur in the first round in Launceston 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 10-8.
Liam Broady with Filip Peliwo were defeated by Nathan Pasha & Max Schnur in the quarter-final in Launceston 6-3, 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Jamie Loeb & Ingrid Neel in the first round in USA 6-2, 4-6, 10-3.
Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Valeria Savinykh & Yanina Wickmayer in the quarter-final in USA 6-3, 7-5.
Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradbury were defeated by Simon Freund & Juame Pla Malfeito in the first round in USA 7-5, 6-2.
Emilie Lindh with Lucia Cortez Ilorca were defeated by Nicole Fossa Huergo & Valeria Koussenkova in the first round in Spain 6-4, 6-4.
Graziella Barrett & Cyan Sun were defeated by Celia Cervino Ruiz & Maria Gutierrez Carrasco in the quarter-final in Spain 6-2, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Rotterdam, New York, Bengaluru, Cleveland, Barnstaple, Kazakhstan, Greece, France, Spain, St Petersburg, Egypt & Tunisia.
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