By Glenys Furness
- Jonathan Binding lifted the doubles title in Portugal
- Defeated the second seeds along the way
LOULE, PORTUGAL – Jonathan Binding teamed up with Alejandro Gómez to take part in the ITF event. The pair were unseeded and claimed the title only dropping one set.
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Jonathan Binding teamed up with Alejandro Gómez in Portugal and entered the doubles event. The Brit/Colombian pair were against Fred Gil & Lamine Ouahab. The Portuguese/Moroccan pair were unable to prevent Binding & Gómez breaking serve in the first set. The Brit/Colombian found themselves facing a tiebreak in the second set which Gil & Ouahab took and levelled the match. The match tiebreak proved close, however it was Binding & Gómez that edged into the quarter-final 6-4, 6-7(4), 17-15.
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Colombian face Oscar Gutierrez & Mateo Nicolás Martínez. The Brazilian/Argentine struggled to hold serve in the first set as Binding & Gómez totally dominated. The Brit/Colombian dropped only one game in the set. The second set was closer, but again it was the Brit/Colombian who secured the break of serve and moved in the semi-final 6-1, 6-4.
In the semi-final Binding & Gómez were up against the second seeds Francisco Dias & Goncalo Falcao. The seeds found themselves down a set very quickly, as they were unable to prevent the Brit/Colombian from breaking serve. The second set was much closer, with Dias & Falcao staying toe to toe with Binding & Gómez. Ultimately though it was the Brit/Colombian who secured the place in the final by breaking right at the end. The Brit/Colombian progressed to the final in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
The final saw Binding & Gómez against Tiago Cacao & Manuel Peña López. The Portuguese/Argentine stayed toe to toe with the Brit/Colombian forcing a tiebreak. Binding & Gómez took the tiebreak with ease giving them the lead. The second set saw the Brit/Colombian break serve on Cacao & Peña López to secure the win and lift the trophy 7-6(3), 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Harry Wendelken with Otto Virtanen were defeated by Tiago Manuel & Peña López in the first round in Portugal RET.
Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Calum Puttergill & Brandon Walkin in the final in Australia 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 18-16.
Kyle Edmund & Neal Skupski were defeated by Nikola Mektić & Horacio Zeballos in the first round in Indian Wells 7-6(1), 6-3.
Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Ben McLachlan & Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round in Indian Wells 7-5, 6-3.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Rohan Bopanna & Denis Shapovalov in the first round in Indian Wells 6-4, 6-4.
Heather Watson with Lara Arruabarrena were defeated by Garbiñe Muguruza & Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round in Indian Wells 7-6(0), 4-6, 11-9.
George Loffhagen with Dominik Boehler were defeated by Zizou Bergs & Geoffrey Blancaneaux in the quarter-final in Doha 6-1, 7-5.
Toby Martin with Jacob Grills were defeated by Arnaud Bovey & Jesper De Jong in the semi-final in Doha 6-4, 6-2.
Joshua Paris with Jordan Hasson were defeated by Marcus Mansson & Gorazd Srbljak in the first round in Norway 6-3, 6-4.
Gabriella Taylor with Elena-Gabriela Ruse were defeated by Choi Ji-Hee & Han Na-Lae in the semi-final in Japan 6-1, 6-4.
Anna Popescu with Angelica Moratelli were defeated by Maelys Bougrat & Emeline Dartron in the final in Amiens 6-3, 6-2.
Next week Brits play in Indian Wells, Shenzhen, Drummondville, USA, Russia, Portugal, Mexico, Qatar, France, China, Japan, Egypt.
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