By Glenys Furness
- Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram made the final in Brisbane
- Fourth seeds were defeated unseeded opponents
- Only dropped one set en route
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram teamed up for the ATP 250 event in Brisbane. The Brit and American made the most of the new season start reaching the final.
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Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram teamed up at the ATP 250 event in Brisbane. The Brit/American pair were the fourth seeds and in the first round were against Grigor Dimitrov & Ryan Harrison. Salisbury & Ram got off to a flying start and broke early. The Bulgarian/American pairing were unable to get back into the set. The second set was much closer with the fourth seeds securing the vital break right at the end to move into the next round in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.
In the quarter-finals the fourth seeds were drawn against Austin Krajicek & Artem Sitak. In the first set the fourth seeds were dominant as Salisbury & Ram broke early to take the lead. The American/Kiwi pair fought back in the second set and levelled up breaking the seeds. In the match tiebreak the seeds edged the win to book the place in the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
The semi-final saw the Brit/American pair up against the wildcard pairing of James Duckworth & Jordan Thompson. The fourth seeds were pushed all the way in the first set with the Australians forcing a tiebreak. Salisbury & Ram edged the breaker and took the lead. The second set saw the fourth seeds break the serve of Duckworth & Thompson to head into the final in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-3.
In the final the fourth seeds were against Marcus Daniell & Wesley Koolhof. The Kiwi/Dutch pair had knocked out the third seeds in the first round and were a force to be reckoned with. Daniell & Koolhof managed to break the serve of Salisbury & Ram in the first set and took the lead. The second set was much tighter with the seeds forcing a tiebreak. It was the Kiwi/Dutch pair that edged the break to take the title 6-4, 7-6(8).
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Doubles Round Up
Kyle Edmund & Neal Skupski were defeated by Marcus Daniell & Wesley Koolhof in the quarter-finals in Brisbane 6-1, 7-6(5).
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Rohan Bopanna & Divij Sharan in the final in Pune 6-3, 6-4.
Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Robin Haase & Matwé Middelkoop in the first round in Doha 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Márton Fucsovics & Guido Pella in the first round in Doha 6-3, 6-4.
Katie Swan & Gabriella Taylor were defeated by Amber Marshall & Lulu Sun in the semi-final in Playford 0-0 RET.
Naomi Broady with Giuliana Olmos were defeated by Chen Pei-Hsuan & Wu Fang-Hsien in the first round in Hong Kong 1-6, 6-1, 12-10.
Tara Moore with Camilla Rosatello were defeated by Michaëlla Krajicek & Barbora Štefková in the first round in Hong Kong 7-6(5), 7-5.
Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Chen Pei-Hsuan & Wu Fang-Hsien in the quarter-final in Hong Kong 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.
Lloyd Glasspool & Evan Hoyt were defeated by Patrick Kypson & Martin Redlicki in the first round in Los Angeles 6-3, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Columbus, USA, Spain, Tunisia, Hobart, Hong Kong & France.
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