By Glenys Furness
- Evan Hoyt & Luke Johnson claim doubles title in Glasgow
- Third seeds didn’t face another seeded pair all event
GLASGOW, GREAT BRITAIN – Evan Hoyt & Luke Johnson lifted the title in the ITF event in Glasgow. The Brits didn’t have to face another seeded pairing all week.
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Evan Hoyt & Luke Johnson entered the ITF event in Glasgow and were seeded third. In the first round the seeds played unseeded all British pairing of Scott Duncan & Connor Thomson. The seeds got off to a horrible start and were broken regularly by Duncan & Thomson. Hoyt & Johnson regrouped in the second set as the seeds drew level and forced a deciding tie break. The seeds took the ensuing match tiebreak to move into the quarter final 1-6, 6-2, 10-6.
The quarter-final saw the seeds against Gao Xin & Danylo Kalenichenko. The Chinese/Ukranian pair were no match for the Brits who broke in each set to seal the win in straight sets over Xin & Kalenichenko moving into the semi-final 6-4. 6-3.
In the semi-final Hoyt & Johnson were against Jack Draper & George Loffhagen, who were the only other Brits left in the competition. The seeds fought hard in the first set and managed to break right at the end to take the lead. The second set saw Draper & Loffhagen pull things back, breaking serve to level the match. Fittingly it was a match tiebreak that would settle the finalists, and the seeds dominated to book the sport 7-5, 3-6, 10-3.
The final pitched the seeds against the all American team Tom Fawcett & Alexander Ritschard. The Americans were no match for the Brits in the first set as Hoyt & Johnson dominated to take the lead. Fawcett & Ritschard tried to fight back in the second set, and forced a tiebreak. The Brits edged the breaker and took the title 6-1, 7-6(6).
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Doubles Round Up
Liam Broady & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Jeremy Jahn & Julian Lenz in the first round in Glasgow 6-1, 6-2.
Victoria Allen & Sasha Hill were defeated by Jaqueline Cristian & Raluca Georgiana Serban in the first round in Glasgow 6-4, 6-2.
Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Nuria Parrizas-Diaz & Ekaterina Yashina in the first round in Glasgow 6-2, 6-4.
Emily Appleton with Helene Scholsen were defeated by Tara Moore & Caroline Werner in the first round in Glasgow 6-3, 2-6, 10-4.
Tara Moore with Caroline Werner were defeated by Lesley Kerkhove & Anna Zaja in the quarter-final in Glasgow 6-4, 6-2.
Freya Christie with Jana Fett were defeated by Lesley Kerkhove & Anna Zaja in the final in Glasgow 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.
Isaac Stoute with Vladimir Ivanov were defeated by Anton Chekhov & Khumoyun Sultanov in the first round in Aktobe 6-4, 6-3.
Jonathan Binding with Finn Tearney were defeated by Jacob Grills & Eduardo Struvay in the quarter-final in Portugal 6-2, 6-3.
Soumeya Anane with Julia Kimmelmann were defeated by Cristina Bucșa & Rosalie van der Hoek in the first round in Germany 6-1, 6-3.
Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Akgul Amanmuradova & Valentina Ivakhnenko in the first round in Germany 4-6, 7-5, 11-9.
Amelia Stuart with Tamara Bajagic were defeated by Jennifer Elie & Irina Ramialison in the quarter-final in Perth 6-2, 6-1.
Cameron Norrie with Joao Sousa were defeated by Thomaz Bellucci & Rogério Dutra Silva in the first round in Rio 2-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah in the quarter-final in Rio 6-2, 6-3.
Ken Skupski & Neal Skupski were defeated by Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan in the final in Delray Beach 7-6(5), 6-4.
Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Gabriela Dabrowski & Xu Yifan in the second round in Dubai 6-1, 6-3.
Naomi Broady with Storm Sanders were defeated by Ekaterina Alexandrova & Vera Zvonareva in the second round in Budapest 7-6(3), 7-6(3).
Heather Watson with Fanny Stoller were defeated by Ekaterina Alexandrova & Vera Zvonareva in the final in Budapest 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
Next week Brits play in Acapulco, Dubai, Indian Wells, Pau, Australia, Egypt, Portugal, Japan, France & Turkey.
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