By Glenys Furness

  • Ken Skupski & Jonny O’Mara claim title in ATP Challenger
  • Fourth seeds didn’t drop a set all event
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, FRANCE – Ken Skupski & Jonny O’Mara claim the ATP Challenger title. The pair were seeded fourth and didn’t drop a set all week.


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Ken Skupski teamed up with Jonny O’Mara and entered the ATP Challenger event in France. The Brits were seeded fourth. In the first round they drew Quentin Halys & Tristan Lamasine. The French pair were unable to get anything on the serve of the Brits in the first set, as Skupski & O’Mara dominated. The second set was a little better for Halys & Lamasine, but the seeds still broke serve to move into the next round 6-0, 6-2.

In the quarter-final the Brits were against Purav Raja & Antonio Šančić. The fourth seeds were on top form playing against the Indian/Croatian pair. Skupski & O’Mara got the break of serve needed in both sets as Raja & Šančić were unable to keep with them. It was the seeds that moved into the next round 6-3, 6-4.

The semi-final saw the Brits against Roman Jebavý & Igor Zelenay. The Czech/Slovak pair tried to stay with the seeds, however Skupski & O’Mara were too strong. The seeds had little problem dispatching Jebavý & Zelenay. Breaking in both sets the seeds moved into the final 6-3, 6-3.

In the final the Brits were against Sander Arends & David Pel. The Dutch pair found themselves dominated by Skupski & O’Mara in the first set. Only winning one game. The unseeded pair tried to re-group in the next set, and put up a fight. However, the Brits secured the needed break of serve to claim the title in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.


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Doubles Round Up

Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Roman Jebavý & Igor Zelenay in the first round in Mouilleron-le-Captif 6-3, 3-6, 10-3.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Nicolas Mahut & Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the quarter-final in Shanghai 6-3, 3-6, 18-16.

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Mate Pavić & Bruno Soares in the semi-final in Shanghai 7-5, 6-4.

Harriet Dart & Heather Watson were defeated by Han Xinyun & Zhu Lin in the first round in Tianjin 4-6, 6-4, 10-2.

Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Wang Yafan & Yang Zhaoxuan in the first round in Tianjin 6-2, 6-2.

Toby Martin with Daniel Kossek were defeated by Giovanni Fonio & Julian Ocleppo in the quarter-final in Italy 6-1, 6-0.

Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas defeated Hsu Yu-Hsiou & Vladyslav Orlov in the final in Australia  6-3, 6-4.

Billy Harris with Samuel Beren were defeated by Rio Noguchi & Alexey Zakharov in the final in Vietnam 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-4.

Joe Cooper with Michal Konečný were defeated by Stephanos Schinas & Osman Torski in the first round in Germany 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-6.

Jan Choinski with Daniel Altmaier were defeated by Lasse Muscheites & Stefan Seifert in the final in Germany 2-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Mason Recci with Dominik Palan were defeated by Michal Mikula & Michal Wozniak in the first round in Egypt 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Taylor Cataldi & Paige Cline in the quarter-final in Egypt 1-6, 6-1, 10-5.

Piers Foley with Joshua Ortlip were defeated by Jonathan Gray & Simon Carr in the first round in Claremont 6-1, 6-4.

Liam Broady & Mark Whitehouse were defeated by Milan Ianakiev & Hendrik Jebens in the quarter-final in Claremont 7-6(4), 6-1.

Jonathan Gray with Simon Carr were defeated by Ruben Gonzales & Ruan Roelofse in the semi-final in Claremont 6-7(2), 6-1, 10-8.

Katie Swan with Robin Anderson were defeated by Madeleine Kobelt & Rianna Valdes in quarter-final in Claremont 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.

Alicia Barnett with Catherine Harrison were defeated by Hind Abdelouahid & Alyssa Tobita in the semi-final in Claremont 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.

Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Myrtille Georges & Kimberley Zimmermann in the quarter-final in France 7-6(6), 6-3.

Naomi Broady & Samantha Murray defeated Myrtille Georges & Kimberley Zimmermann in the final in France 6-3, 6-2.

Next Week Brit play in Stockholm, Antwerp, Ningbo, Ismaning, Las Vegas, Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Tunisia, USA, Moscow, China, Nigeria & Turkey.


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