By Glenys Furness
- Jack Findel-Hawkins & Ryan Peniston make the final in California
- Brits knock out the top seeds en route
CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA – Jack Findel-Hawkins & Ryan Peniston made the final of the ITF event in California. The Brits didn’t drop sets until the final, and took out the top seeds along the way.
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Jack Findel-Hawkins and Ryan Peniston teamed up together for the ITF event in California. In the first round the Brits drew Antoine Bellier & Gijs Brouwer. The Swiss/Dutch pairing stayed with the Brits for most of the first set. However, Findel-Hawkins & Peniston obtained the break at the end of the set to move ahead. In the second set the Brits were able to break easier, with Bellier & Brouwer unable to get back into the match. The Brits moved into the quarter-final 7-5, 6-3.
The quarter-final had the Brits facing American pairing George Goldhoff & Austin Rapp. Findel-Hawkins & Peniston had little trouble in breaking the Americans to take the lead. The second set was much like the first with Goldhoff & Rapp trying hard to get back into the match. However, it was the Brits that progressed into the semi-final 6-4, 6-3.
In the semi-final Findel-Hawkins & Peniston faced the top seeds Hunter Johnson & Yates Johnson. The Americans had no answer in the first set as the Brits dominated and lost only one game. The seeds fought hard in the second set, forcing a tiebreak. However, it was the Brits that took the tiebreak to move into the final in straight sets 6-1, 7-6(4).
The final saw Findel-Hawkins & Peniston against the third seeds Boris Arias & Sekou Bangoura. The Bolivian/American pairing were too strong for the Brits and dominated both sets. Despite their best efforts the Brits were unable to get back into the match. Arias & Bangoura took the title 6-2, 6-2.
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Doubles Round Up
Liam Broady with Stefan Kozlov were defeated by Arias & Bangoura in the semi-final in California 6-4, 6-4.
Neal Skupski with Ben McLachan were defeated by Radu Albot & Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round in Miami 6-2, 6-4.
Dom Inglot with Robin Haase were defeated by Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah in the first round in Miami 6-1, 3-6, 10-4.
Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by John Isner & Sam Querrey in the second round in Miami 5-7, 7-6(2), 10-7.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Wesley Koolhof & Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round in Miami 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.
Heather Watson with Lara Arruabarrena were defeated by Darija Jurak & Raluca Olaru in the second round in Miami 7-5, 6-3.
Jonathan Binding with Finn Tearney were defeated by Evan Hoyt & Luke Johnson in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 6-2.
Evan Hoyt & Luke Johnson were defeated by Alejandro Gómez & Michael Zhu in the semi-final in Portugal 6-4, 6-3.
Aidan McHugh with Aaron Schmid were defeated by Wilfredo González & Luis Patiño in the first round in Mexico 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 10-8.
Andrew Watson with Benjamin Lock were defeated by Facundo Mena & Juan Pablo Varillas in the quarter-final in Mexico 6-2, 6-1.
Emily Appleton with María José Portillo Ramírez were defeated by Olga Parres Azcoitia & Noelia Zeballos in the first round in Mexico 7-6(4), 2-6, 10-7.
Amelia Stuart with Louise Lampla were defeated by Olga Parres Azcoitia & Noelia Zeballos in the quarter-final in Mexico 6-0, 6-2.
Samuel Pointon with Tommy Hamilton were defeated by Ryan Storrie & Vit Kopriva in the first round in Tunisia 6-1, 6-2.
Ryan Storrie with Vit Kopriva were defeated by Alexander Merino & Christoph Negritu in the quarter-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-3.
Isaac Stoute with Milen Ianakiev were defeated by Mats Rosenkranz & Niklas Schell in the first round in Bahrain 7-6(6), 3-6, 10-6.
Emily Webley-Smith with Ankita Raina were defeated by Chang Kai-Chen & Hsu Ching-Wen in the quarter-final in Japan 6-2, 6-2.
Samantha Murray with Giulia Gatto-Monticone were defeated by Tara Moore & Emina Bektas in the semi-final in Japan 6-4, 7-6(9).
Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Chang Kai-Chen & Hsu Ching-Wen in the final in Japan 6-1, 6-3.
Next week Brits play in Miami, Saint-Brieuc, Mexico, Tunisia, Israel, Turkey, Japan & Australia.
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