By Glenys Furness

  • Emily Webley-Smith & Sofia Shapatava claimed the doubles title in Obidos
  • The third seeds didn’t drop a set until the final
OBIDOS, PORTUGAL – Emily Webley-Smith & Sofia Shapatava joined forces to play the ITF event in Portugal. The third seeds were the only seeds left after the quarter-final.


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Emily Webley-Smith & Sofia Shapatava teamed up for the ITF event in Obidos Portugal. In the first round the Brit/Georgian drew Mariami Akhalaia & Ines Oliveira. The Moldovan/Portuguese pair were no match for the Brit/Georgina who completely dominated both sets. Moving into the quarter-finals for the loss of only two games 6-1, 6-1.

In the quarter-final Webley-Smith & Shapatava were against Cristina Bucșa & Nuria Parrizas-Diaz. The Spanish pair found themselves dominated in the first set, only managing to win one game. The second set saw the Spaniards playing better, however, the Brit/Georgian obtained the vital break of serve to take the match 6-1, 6-4.

The semi-final saw the third seeds against Gergana Topalova & Daniela Vismane. The Bulgarian/Latvian fought well in the first set, before Webley-Smith & Shapatava broke serve and took the set. The second set was dominated by the seeds who lost only one more game before heading to the final 6-3, 6-1.

In the final the seeds were up against Mariam Bolkvadze & Nastja Kolar. The Georgian/Slovenian were unable to keep with Webley-Smith & Shapatava in the first set, as the seeded pair lost only one game. However, in the second set Bolkvadze & Kolar fought back breaking the seeds and levelling up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak the seeds edged the victory to lift the title 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.


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Doubles Round Up

Katy Dunne & Sarah Beth Grey were defeated by Gergana Topalova & Daniela Vismane in the quarter-final in Obidos 6-4, 7-5.

Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Taylor Fritz & Reilly Opelka in the first round in Houston 6-3, 6-4.

Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by Santiago González & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in the final in Houston 3-6, 6-5, 10-6.

Jamie Murray & John Peers were defeated by Matwé Middelkoop & Frederik Nielsen in the first round in Marrakesh 7-6(3), 6-7(7), 10-6.

Dom Inglot & Rohan Bopanna were defeated by Jurgen Melzer & Franko Skugor in the second round in Marrakesh 6-3, 6-7(2), 10-7.

Scott Clayton with Fernando Romboli were defeated by Nikola Čačić & Jurij Rodionov in the first round in Barletta 6-4, 6-2.

Elliott Farmer & George Houghton were defeated by Elmar Ejupovic & Julian Lenz in the first round in Sunderland 6-2, 7-6(3).

Jonathan Binding with Francisco Dias were defeated by Patrick Foley & James Mackinlay in the first round in Sunderland 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-2.

Jack Gibbens & Adam Jones were defeated by Charlie Emhardt & Martin Redlicki in the first round in Sunderland 6-3, 6-4.

Liam Broady & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Jack Findel-Hawkins & Ryan Peniston in the first round in Sunderland 0-0 RET.

Matthew Clegg & David Quayle were defeated by Scott Duncan & Peter Bothwell in the first round in Sunderland 6-2, 6-2.

Patrick Foley & James Mackinlay were defeated by Luca Castelnuovo & Antoine Escoffier in the quarter-final in Sunderland 6-4, 6-3.

Jack Findel-Hawkins & Ryan Peniston were defeated by Charlie Emhardt & Martin Redlicki in the quarter-final in Sunderland 6-4, 6-3.

Scott Duncan with Peter Bothwell were defeated by Hunter Johnson & Yates Johnson in the final in Sunderland 6-4, 6-3.

Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Harriet Dart & Nina Stojanović in the first round in Sunderland 6-4, 6-1.

Naomi Broady & Maia Lumsden were defeated by Robin Anderson & Maegan Manasse in the first round in Sunderland 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Soumeya Anane with Eléonora Molinaro were defeated by Maja Chwalińska & Ulrikke Eikeri in the first round in Sunderland 6-3, 6-1.

Esther Adeshina & Sasha Hill were defeated by Tayisiya Morderger & Yana Morderger in the first round in Sunderland 7-5, 6-3.

Samantha Murray & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Hsieh Yu-Chieh & Lee Pei-Chi in the first round in Sunderland 3-6, 7-5, 10-3.

Victoria Allen & Ella Taylor were defeated by Freya Christie & Valeria Savinykh in the first round in Sunderland 6-3, 6-2.

Freya Christie with Valeria Savinykh were defeated by Alicia Barnett & Jodie Burrage in the quarter-final in Sunderland 6-2, 6-1.

Alicia Barnett & Jodie Burrage were defeated by Tara Moore & Emina Bektas in the semi-final in Sunderland 6-4, 6-1.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Maja Chwalińska & Ulrikke Eikeri in the final in Sunderland 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

Mark Whitehouse with Daniil Zarichanskiy were defeated by Gengo Kikuchi & Ryota Tanuma in the first round in Japan 7-5, 6-4.

Isaac Stoute with Quentin Robert were defeated by Iván Endara & Jorge Panta in the first round in Mexico 6-4, 7-5.

Julian Cash with Robert Kelly were defeated by Julian Bradley & Henry Craig in the semi-final in Mexico 6-4, 2-6, 12-10.

Emily Appleton with María José Portillo Ramírez were defeated by Natsumi Kawaguchi & Maya Tahan in the final in Mexico 6-1, 6-2.

Katie Swan with Jana Fett were defeated by Ekaterina Kazionova & Linnea Malmqvist in the semi-final in France 0-0 RET.

Amanda Carreras with Angela Fita Boluda defeated Sarah Lee & Chelsea Vanhoutte in the final in Tunisia 6-2, 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Monte Carlo, Anning, Sarasota, Nigeria, Italy, Spain, USA, Mexico, Egypt, Turkey, London & Tunisia.


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