By Glenys Furness
- Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara made the final in Sarasota
- Top seeds lost out in a tight final
SARASOTA, FLORIDA, USA – Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara entered the ATP Challenger event and were the top seeds. The Brits made it all the way to the final before losing a tight match.
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Luke Bambrige & Jonny O’Mara teamed up again for the ATP Challenger event in Sarasota Florida. The Brits were the top seeds. In the first round they drew the only other team to contain a Brit James Ward & Tennys Sandgren. The top seeds took the first set fairly easily as Ward & Sandgren struggled to get going. The second set saw Ward & Sandgren find their game, breaking the top seeds and levelling up the match. The ensuing match tiebreak was close at first, however, the top seeds proved too strong as they moved ahead into the quarter-final 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.
In the quarter-final the Brits drew Alex Lawson & Peter Polansky. Both sets were fairly straight forward with the top seeds breaking each time. The American/Canadian pairing were unable to break back as Bambridge & O’Mara moved quickly through into the semi-final 6-3, 6-3.
The semi-final saw the Brits up against third seeds Nathaniel Lammons & Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. The American/Pakistani fought hard in the first set, however Bambridge & O’Mara managed to break through and take the set. This seemed to break the spirit of the third seeds as the Brits totally dominated the second set and moved into the final 6-4, 6-2.
In the final the top seeds were up against Martín Cuevas & Paolo Lorenzi. The top seeds stayed toe to toe with the Uruguayan/Italian in both sets, forcing tiebreaks. Bambridge & O’Mara were close in both breakers, unfortunately it was the Uruguayan/Italian who edged each one to claim the title 7-6(5), 7-6(6).
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Doubles Round Up
Joe Salisbury with Raven Klaasen were defeated by Radu Albot & Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round in Monte-Carlo 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-7.
Dom Inglot with Rohan Bopanna were defeated by Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares in the first round in Monte-Carlo 4-6, 6-3, 13-11.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Robin Haase & Wesley Koolhof in the semi-final in Monte-Carlo 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Kyle Edmund & Neal Skupski were defeated by Diego Schwartzman & João Sousa in the first round in Monte-Carlo 5-7, 6-4, 10-5.
Mukhtar Andu with Musa Mohammed were defeated by Arjun Kadhe & Vijay Sundar Prashanth in the first round in Nigeria 6-1, 6-2.
Chloe Compson with Lucia Cortez Llorca were defeated by Sara Cakarevic & Tena Lukas in the first round in Italy 6-3, 6-0.
Jonathan Gray & Ryan Storrie were defeated by Tomás Lipovsek Puches & Felipe Meligeni Alves in the quarter-final in Madrid 6-4, 6-3.
Isaac Stoute with Quentin Robert were defeated by Wilfredo González & Diego Hidalgo in the final in Cancun 6-4, 6-4.
Next week Brits play in Barcelona, Nanchang, Leon, Nigeria, Italy, France, Mexico, Egypt, Tunisia, Uzbekhstan & Columbia.
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