By Glenys Furness
- Katie Swan claimed first ITF doubles title
- Brit was fourth seed
REDDING, CALIFORNIA, USA – Katie Swan teamed up with Mirjam Bjorklund and claimed the ITF title. The win was the first ITF title for the Brit, previously runner up five times.
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Katie Swan entered the ITF event in California and teamed up with Mirjam Bjorklund. The Brit/Swede were the fourth seeds. As a result Swan/Bjorklund received a bye in the first round. In the quarter-final the fourth seeds were drawn against Elysia Bolton & Jada Myii Hart. However, the American pair withdrew before a ball had been struck, giving the Brit/Swede a pass into the semi-final 0-0 (RET).
In the semi-final Swan & Bjorklund were against Maria Mateas & Alexandra Osbourne. This was the first match played by the fourth seeds and it showed. Mateas & Osbourne managed to get a break of serve to take the lead. However, the Brit/Swede regrouped in the second set. Swan & Bjorklund dominated and levelled up the match. The match tiebreak was very close, however, it was the fourth seeds that managed to edge through to take the win 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.
The final saw the fourth seeds against the third seeds Dalila Jakupovic & Lu Jajing. Swan & Bjorklund secured a break of serve against the Slovenian/Chinese pair and took the lead. In the second set the third seeds regrouped and dominated to level up the match. The match tiebreak saw the Brit/Swede dominate and lift the trophy 6-3, 1-6, 10-3.
Doubles Round Up
Dan Evans & Neal Skupski were defeated by John Isner & Jack Sock in the first round in Indian Wells 6-3, 6-4.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Jan-Lennard Struff & Alexander Zverev in the first round in Indian Wells 6-4, 6-4.
Cameron Norrie with Luke Saville were defeated by Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram in the first round in Indian Wells 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Heather Watson with Zheng Saisai were defeated by Desirae Krawczyk & Alexa Guarachi Mathison in the first round in Indian Wells 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Jonny O’Mara with Treat Huey were defeated by Antoine Hoang & Kyrian Jacquet in the first round in Mouilleron-le-Captif 6-3, 6-3.
Millen Hurrion & Ben Jones were defeated by Blake Ellis & Tristan Schoolkate in the final in Nevers 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-8.
Sarah Beth Grey with Arianne Hartono defeated Estelle Cascino & Camilla Rosatello in the final in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin 6-3, 6-2.
Emily Webley-Smith with Shiho Akita were defeated by Weronika Falkowska & Anna Kubareva in the first round in Loule 6-2, 6-3.
Tom Hands & Harry Wendelken were defeated by Luciano Darderi & Luis Patino in the first round in Setubal 1-6, 6-1, 11-9.
Luke Johnson with Jakub Paul were defeated by Andrew Paulson & David Poljak in the semi-final in Prague 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.
Alastair Gray & Ryan Storrie were defeated by Dominik Boehler & Karlo Cubelic in the first round in Doha 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-6.
Julian Cash with Christian Sigsgaard defeated Saketh Myneni & Patrik Niklas-Salminen in the final in Doha 6-4, 6-4.
Alice Gillan with Natsuho Arakawa were defeated by Shria Atturu & Maria Gabriela Rivera Corado in the first round in Cancun 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Giles Hussey & Adam Jones were defeated by Siddhant Banthia & Seita Watanabe in the quarter-final in Cancun 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-5.
Soumeya Anane & Anna Popescu were defeated by Cemre Anil & Melis Sezer in the quarter-final in Sozopol 6-2, 6-1.
Billy Harris with Alexander Donski defeated Yan Bondarevskiy & Kai Wehnelt in the final in Sozopol 6-1, 6-4.
Mark Whitehouse with Toby Kodat were defeated by Charles Broom & Henry Patten in the semi-final in Ithaca 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-2.
Charles Broom & Henry Patten defeated Eduardo Nava & Nathan Ponwith in the final in Ithaca 7-6(6), 6-3.
Blu Baker with Adolfo Daniel Vallejo were defeated by Liam Draxl & Jesse Witten in the first round in Naples (Florida) 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.
Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Quinn Gleason & Tereza Mihalikova in the final in Las Vegas 7-6(5), 7-5.
Alisha Reayer with Camilla Romero were defeated by Katerina Stewart & Anastasia Sysoeva in the semi-final in Hilton Head 2-1 (RET).
Emilie Lindh with Alicia Smith were defeated by Eri Shimizu & Emily Welker in the first round in Sharm-El-Sheikh 3-6, 7-6(6), 10-7.
Jasmine Conway with Kira Pavlova were defeated by Adriana Rajkovic & Lena Ruppert in the quarter-final in Sharm-El-Sheikh 6-2, 4-6, 10-2.
Next Week Brits play in Indian Wells, Alicante, Naples, France, Portugal, Qatar, Mexico, Bulgaria, USA, Turkey, Tunisia & Egypt.
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