By Glenys Furness

  • Joe Salisbury completed the doubles double in Flushing Meadows
  • The Brit was fourth seed in mens doubles
  • With Desirae Krawczyk the pair were second seeds
NEW YORK, USA – Joe Salisbury entered both the men’s doubles and the mixed doubles at the USA Open. The Brit lifted both trophies to complete the doubles double.

 

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Joe Salisbury entered both the mens doubles and the mixed doubles in Flushing Meadows. The Brit was seeded in both events. With Rajeev Ram the pair were fourth seeds. In the first round the Brit/American drew Divij Sharan & Soonwoo Kwon. In the first set the fourth seeds secured a break of serve to take the lead. The second set saw Sharan & Kwon try to mount a fight back, but Salisbury & Ram again got the break to move into the next round 6-3, 6-4.

In the second round the Brit/American pair were against John Millman & Thiago Monteiro.  The Australian/Brazilian tried to stay with Salisbury & Ram, but the seeds were just too good. In the first set the fourth seeds got the early break and stayed ahead to take the lead. The second set saw Millman & Monteiro stay with Salisbury & Ram for much of the set, however, the seeds managed the break of serve to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The third round saw the Brit/American against 13th seeds Rohan Bopanna & Ivan Dodig. Neither pair wanted to give an inch and stayed toe to toe. The first set went to a tiebreak with Bopanna & Dodig taking the lead an not looking back. The second set saw Salisbury & Ram re-group. The fourth seeds broke the 13th and levelled up the match. The final set was very close, with both pairs staying toe to toe. Once again a tiebreak followed, this time it was the Brit/American who stormed ahead, claiming their place in the quarter-final 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(3).

In the quarter-final Salisbury & Ram were against Matthew Ebden & Max Purcell. The Australians were the toughest match to date. Each set was very close, in fact all went to tiebreaks. The first set went the way of the Brit/American who edged through to take the lead. The Australians however, fought back in the second set and edged that breaker to level up the match. The final set tiebreak was very very close, however eventually Salisbury & Ram edged through to book a semi-final spot 7-6(7), 6-7(6), 7-6(10).

The semi-final saw the Brit/American against Sam Querrey & Steve Johnson. The American pair were dominated in the first set by Salisbury & Ram. Querrey & Johnson could do nothing with the serve of the seeds and were soon down a set. The second set was much closer as the American pair forced a tiebreak. However, Salisbury & Ram edged the breaker to book a spot in the final 6-2, 7-5.

In the final Salisbury & Ram were against the seventh seeds Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares. The seventh seeds got off to the better start breaking the Brit/American to take the lead. The second set saw the Brit/American re-group and dominate to level up the match. The final set was also dominated by Salisbury & Ram, who were determined to claim the trophy and another grand slam title together. The fourth seeds won the match 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

 

Mixed Doubles

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Teaming up again with Desirae Krawczyk for the mixed doubles, Salisbury was looking for his second mixed doubles grand slam of the season. Having teamed up with Harriet Dart at Wimbledon as he had promised the young Brit they would do, and making the final only to lose to Krawcyzk and Neal Skupski. The American was looking for her third slam title in a row.

In the first round Salisbury & Krawczyk were drawn against Mitchell Krueger & Jamie Loeb. The Americans stayed with the Brit/American in the first set. Krueger & Loeb managed to break serve of the seeds and take the lead. Salisbury & Krawczky re-grouped in the second set breaking the American pair to level up the match. In the final match tiebreak it was the seeds that edged ahead to book a spot in the second round 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.

The second round saw the Brit/American against Filip Polášek & Belinda Bencic. The Slovakian/Swiss pair stayed toe to toe with the second seeds and forced a tiebreak. In the breaker it was Salisbury & Krawczyk that dominated to take the lead. The second set was just as close, and looked to be heading to a tiebreak again. However, the seeds managed to secure the break of serve and book a spot in the quarter-final 7-6(1), 7-5.

In the quarter-final the second seeds were against Demi Schuurs & Sander Gillé. The Dutch/Belgian pair were the eighth seeds. Salisbury & Krawczyk dominated the first set, losing only one game. In the second set Schuurs & Gillé re-grouped and dominated the set to level up the match. In the final match tiebreak it was the second seeds who edged through to book a spot in the semi-final 6-1, 1-6, 10-7.

The semi-final saw the Brit/American against Jessica Pegula & Austin Krajicek. The first set saw both teams stay close, neither managing to break and get ahead. In the ensuing tiebreak it was Salisbury & Krawczyk that dominated to take the lead. The second set saw the seeds get the vital break of serve and take the match in straight sets, booking a spot in the final7-6(2), 6-4.

In the final the second seeds were against Marcelo Arévalo & Giuliana Olmos. The Salvadorian/Mexican stayed with Salisbury & Krawczyk until right at the end of the first set, when the seeds broke for the lead. The second set saw the Brit/American dominate and take the win 7-5, 6-2.

 

Doubles Round Up

Luke Bambridge & Ken Skupski were defeated by Filip Polášek & John Peers in the first round in Flushing Meadows 6-3, 6-3.

Lloyd Glasspool & Dan Evans were defeated by Marcus Daniell & Marcelo Demoliner in the first round in Flushing Meadows 6-7(4), 6-4, 2-1 (RET).

Cameron Norrie with Jan-Lennard Struff were defeated by Simone Bolelli & Maximo Gonzalez in the first round in Flushing Meadows 7-6(5), 6-3.

Harriet Dart with Chan Hao-Ching were defeated by Alizé Cornet & Fiona Ferro in the first round in Flushing Meadows 7-6(5), 7-5.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Andrea Petkovic & Ajla Tomljanović in the first round in Flushing Meadows 6-2, 6-4.

Jamie Murray with Bethanie Mattek-Sands were defeated by Andreja Klepač & Joran Vliegen in the first round in Flushing Meadows 2-6, 6-4, 12-10.

Dom Inglot with Austin Krajicek were defeated by Evan King & Hunter Reese in the second round in Flushing Meadows 7-6(5), 6-4.

Neal Skupski with Jack Sock were defeated by Dominik Koeppfer & Emil Ruusuvuori in the second round in Flushing Meadows 0-0 (RET).

Jonny O’Mara with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were defeated by Marcel Granollers & Horacio Zeballos in the quarter-final in Flushing Meadows 7-5, 7-5.

Neal Skupski with Alexa Guarachi were defeated by Jessica Pegula & Austin Krajicek in the quarter-final in Flushing Meadows 6-1, 6-3.

Jay Clarke with Ergi Kirkin were defeated by Ruben Gonzalez & Hunter Johnson in the first round in Kiev 7-6(4), 6-4.

Liam Broady & Luke Johnson were defeated by Aitug Celikbilek & Roman Safiullin in the first round in Cassis 6-2, 7-6(6).

Aidan McHugh with Valantin Royer were defeated by Sebastian Fanselow & Luis Farla in the first round in Sintra 0-0 (RET).

Jonathan Binding with Goncalo Falcao were defeated by Sebastian Fanselow & Luis Farla in the quarter-final in Sintra 7-6(5), 6-4.

Evan Hoyt with Dan Added defeated Mateus Alves & Leonardo Civita-Telles in the final in Sintra 6-7(8), 6-2, 10-8.

Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Aleksandra Julia Jelen & Sofia Milatova in the first round in Leiria 6-1, 6-2.

Blu Baker with Fletcher Scott were defeated by Boris Arias & Murkel Dellien in the quarter-final in Ibague 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Felix Gill with Felipe Mikkelsen were defeated by Egor Agafonov & Daniel Ibragimov in the first round in Ulcinj 7-6(4), 6-1.

Sarah Beth Grey with Angelina Gabueva were defeated by Eden Silva & Conny Perrin in the semi-final in Montreaux 6-2, 6-2.

Eden Silva with Conny Perrin were defeated by Estelle Cascino & Camilla Rosatello in the final in Montreaux 7-6(4), 6-4.

Next Week Brits play in Szczecin, Cary, Rennes, Portugal, South Africa, Columbia, Spain, Montenegro, Bulgaria, USA, Portoroz, Luxembourg, Czech Republic & Bath.

 

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