By Glenys Furness
- Heather Watson & Yanina Wickmayer made the doubles final in Surbiton
- The Brit/Belgian were beaten by Americans in the final
- Heralding the start of the grass court season
SURBITON, UK – Heather Watson & Yanina Wickmayer teamed up in the ITF event in Surbiton and made the final. The Brit/Belgian were forced to match tie breaks en route to the runner up prize.
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Heather Watson teamed up with Yanina Wickmayer at the ITF event in Surbiton, hailing the start of the grass court season. The pair were unseeded. In the first round the Brit/Belgian drew Quinn Gleason & Maria Sanchez. The Americans were in trouble in the first set as Watson & Wickmayer broke serve and took the set. Gleason & Sanchez fought back in the second and levelled up. The ensuing match tie break went the way of the Brit/Belgian who eased through to the quarter-final 6-3, 5-7, 10-5.
The quarter-final saw Watson & Wickmayer face the all British pairing of Naiktha Bains & Naomi Broady. The Brit/Belgian started better and once again broke serve to take the first set. However, Bains & Broady regrouped and pulled level in the second set. The match tiebreak was much closer this time and it was Watson & Wickmayer that edged out the Brits to move into the semi-final 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
In the semi-final the Brit/Belgian pair were facing Ivana Jorović & Tereza Smitková. The Serbian/Czech pair started better and broke serve to lead. Watson & Wickmayer regrouped in the second set though, breaking serve to level up. The match tiebreak was a battle, however it was the Brit/Belgian that edged into the final 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.
The final saw Watson & Wickmayer up against Americans Jennifer Brady & Caroline Dolehide. Despite their best efforts the Brit/Belgian were not able to prevent breaks of serve in each set. Brady & Dolehide were unstoppable and took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Jennifer Brady & Caroline Dolehide in the first round in Surbiton 6-4, 6-4.
Katy Dunne & Emily Webley-Smith were defeated by Madison Brengle & Sachia Vickery in the quarter-final in Surbiton 0-0 RET.
Liam Broady & Scott Clayton were defeated by Marcel Granollers & Ben McLachlan in the quarter-final in Surbiton 6-3, 6-4.
Luke Bambridge with Marcus Daniell were defeated by Marcel Granollers & Ben McLachlan in the semi-final in Surbiton 6-4, 7-6(3).
Dan Evans & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Kwon Soon-Woo & Ramkumar Ramanathan in the semi-final in Surbiton 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-4.
Jonathan Gray with David Agung Susanto defeated Kazuma Kawachi & Kazuki Nishiwaki in the final in Singapore 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.
Mark Whitehouse with Alex Blumenberg defeated Diego Hidalgo & Ricardo Rodríguez in the final in USA 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.
Scott Duncan with Artūrs Lazdiņš were defeated by Blake Ellis & Ly Hoang Nam in the first round in Hong Kong 7-6(4), 7-6(9).
Harry Meehan with Dusty Bower were defeated by Ching Ho Sunny Yue & Zheng Qi Jonathan Zhang in the first round in Hong Kong.
Isaac Stoute with Skylar Butts were defeated by Nicholas Reyes & Yuval Solomon in the first round in Mexico 6-3, 4-6, 10-1.
Finn Bass with Juan Pablo Grassi Mazzuchi were defeated by Arklon Huertas Del Pino & Conner Huertas Del Pino in the final in Mexico 7-5, 6-4.
Toby Martin with Arnaud Bovey were defeated by Andrey Chepelev & Benjamin Dhoe in the quarter-final in Tunisia 4-6, 6-3, 13-11.
Graziella Barrett & Alisha Reayer were defeated by Adithya Karunaratne & Denise-Antonela Stoica in the first round in Tunisia 6-0, 6-1.
Harry Thursfield with Seungri Choi were defeated by David Barclay & Joseph Van Meter in the first round in Guam 7-6(2), 6-3.
Next Week Brits play in Stuttgart, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Nottingham, USA, Israel, Mexico, Singapore, Tunisia, Manchester, Belarus, Czech Republic & Portugal.
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