By Glenys Furness
- Brit was top seed with Marie Benoit
- The pair didn’t drop a set
SANTAREM, PORTUGAL – Eden Silva and Marie Benoit teamed up for the doubles event and were the top seeds. The Brit/Belgian claimed the title without dropping a set.
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Eden Silva teamed up with Belgian Marie Benoit and entered the ITF event in Portugal. The Brit/Belgian were top seeds. As a result Silva & Benoit received a bye in the first round. Their first match was the quarter-final against Madalena Amil & Beatrice Laura Pirtac. The Portuguese/Irish pair were no match for the top seeds, despite already having played a match. Silva & Benoit dominated from start to finish and didn’t lose a game all match. The top seeds progressed to the semi-final 6-0, 6-0.
In the semi-final the top seeds were up against Americans Robin Anderson & Elysia Bolton. The first set saw the Americans stay toe to toe with the Eden & Benoit. However, the top seeds eventually got the break of serve required to move ahead. In the second set it was the Brit/Belgian that dominated and moved into the final in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.
The final saw Silva & Benoit against the second seeds Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls. The first set was a tight affair as both pairs fought to break serve. Eventually it was the top seeds that broke through to take the lead. The second set saw Silva & Benoit dominate Barnett & Nicholls. The top seeds lifted the trophy in straight sets 7-5, 6-1.
Doubles Round Up
Ken Skupski with Matt Reid were defeated by Henri Kontinen & Ben McLachlan in the first round in Metz 7-6(3), 7-5.
Jonny O’Mara with Divij Sharan were defeated by Hunter Reese & Sem Verbeek in the first round in Metz 6-3, 3-6, 10-8.
Jay Clarke with Jelle Sels were defeated by Radu Albot & Alexander Sozbinov in the first round in Bucharest 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-4.
Liam Broady & Luke Johnson were defeated by Marc-Andrea Huesler & Dominic Strickler in the semi-final in Biel 6-3, 6-3.
Ben Jones & Daniel Little were defeated by Yuta Shimizu & Khumoyun Sultanov in the semi-final in Jonkoping 7-5, 6-3.
Alastair Gray with Daniel Cukierman were defeated by Julian Cash & Vasillios Caripi in the quarter-final in Johannesburg 7-6(7) RET.
Julian Cash with Vasillios Caripi were defeated by Markos Kalovelonis & Michail Pervolarakis in the semi-final in Johannesburg 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Sarah Beth Gray with Despina Papamichall were defeated by Ekaterina Gorgodze & Laura Pigossi in the quarter-final in Valencia 6-4, 6-3.
Naiktha Bains with Simona Waltert were defeated by Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers & Daniela Seguel in the quarter-final in Valencia 6-3, 4-6, 11-9.
Billy Harris with Palaphoom Kovapitukted were defeated by Maik Steiner & Volodymyr Uzhylovskyi in the semi-final in Cairo 7-6(5), 6-3.
Finn Bass with Tadeas Paroulek were defeated by Alexandre Reco & Nicolas Rousset in the quarter-final in Fayetteville 7-6(5), 7-6(5).
Charles Broom & Henry Patten were defeated by Abraham Asaba & Sekou Bangoura in the quarter-final in Fayetteville 1-6, 6-2, 10-8.
Mark Whitehouse with Toby Kodat were defeated by Alexandre Reco & Nicolas Rousset in the semi-final in Fayetteville 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.
Alisha Reayer with Camila Romero were defeated by Jessica Livianu & Adriana Reami in the first round in Fort Worth 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
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