By Glenys Furness

  • Naiktha Bains & Destanee Aiava claimed title in Australia
  • Fourth seeds defeated top seeds in final
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Naiktha Bains & Destanee Aiava picked up the title in the ITF event. The pair only dropped one set en route.


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Naiktha Bains teamed up with Australian Destanee Aiava and were the fourth seeds in the ITF event. In the first round the Brit/Australian pairing were up against Michika Ozeki & Erika Sema. The Japanese pair were outclassed by the fourth seeds, who dominated the match. The fourth seeds lost only one game to move into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-0.

The quarter-final saw the Brit/Australian pair against Tereza Mihalíková & Alexandra Osborne. The Slovak/Australian were a tougher test than the previous round. Staying toe to toe with the fourth seeds the Slovak/Australian pushed hard in both set. Ultimately it was Bains & Aiava who conquered in straight sets, not before a tiebreak which they totally dominated. The pair moved into the semi-final 7-5, 7-6(0).

In the semi-final Bains & Aiava were against Australian pair Alexandra Bozovic & Amber Marshall. The Brit/Australian found themselves in trouble in the first set. The Australian pair broke twice and took the set. However, the seeds re-grouped in the second. Bains & Aiava broke Bozovic & Marshall to level the match and force a match tiebreak. The tiebreak saw the seeds back on top form and progressed to the final 2-6, 6-3, 10-6.

The final saw the Brit/Australian against the top seeds Alison Bai & Paige Hourigan. Despite their higher ranking the Australian/Kiwi were unable to break serve of Bains & Aiava. The Brit/Australian sailed through the match and lifted the trophy in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.


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Doubles Round Up

Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Francis Alcantara & Harry Bourchier in the semi-final in Brisbane 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.

Kyle Edmund & Dan Evans were defeated by Łukasz Kubot & Marcelo Melo in the first round in Beijing   6-4, 6-3.

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek in the semi-final in Beijing 6-4, 6-4.

Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Divij Sharan & Artem Sitak in the first round in Tokyo 6-2, 6-3.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Lucas Pouille & Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarter-final in Tokyo 3-6, 6-4, 11-9.

Dom Inglot with Austin Krajicek were defeated by Nicolas Mahut & Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the semi-final in Tokyo 6-4, 7-5.

Max Andrews with Jules Okala were defeated by Roman Jebavý & Nicholas Monroe in the first round in Barcelona 6-2, 6-1.

Toby Martin with Daniel Kossek were defeated by Adrian Bodmer & Gibril Diarra in the first round in Italy 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.

Matthew Hingley with Alexandre Müller were defeated by Luke Johnson & Francisco Cabral in the first round in Portugal 6-0, 6-2.

Russell Henderson with Eduardo Lobo Da Rosa De Almeida were defeated by Alan Gleeson & Francis Pare in the first round in Portugal 2-6, 7-6(7), 10-4.

Ying Hou with Karl Ringdal Noerstenaes were defeated by João Graça & Illia Stoliar in the first round in Portugal 6-0, 6-1.

Luke Johnson with Francisco Cabral were defeated by Alberto Barroso Campos & Roberto Ortega Olmedo in the final in Portugal 6-4, 6-4.

Sashi Kempster with Ines Oliveira were defeated by Matilda Lenngren & Ioana Negoitescu in the first round in Portugal 6-3, 3-6, 10-7.

Mark Whitehouse with Julian Bradley were defeated by Hunter Johnson & Yates Johnson in the first round in USA 6-1, 6-4.

Andrew Watson with Michael Geerts were defeated by Ruben Gonzales & Ruan Roelofse in the quarter-final in USA 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7.

Jonathan Gray with Felix Corwin were defeated by Alexander Cozbinov & Evan Zhu in the quarter-final 6-0, 3-6, 10-4.

Lloyd Glasspool with Sekou Bangoura defeated Hunter Johnson & Yates Johnson in the final in USA 7-6(9), 6-2.

Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Katerina Stewart & Gabriela Talaba in the first round in USA 6-4, 7-5.

Tiffany William with Noelly Nsimba were defeated by Emily Appleton & Yuriko Miyazaki in the quarter-final in France 6-3, 6-2.

Emily Appleton with Yuriko Miyazaki were defeated by Valentina Losciale & Carla Touly in the final in France 7-5, 6-3.

Billy Harris with Phuong Nguyen were defeated by Daniel Nguyen & Trịnh Linh Giang in the first round in Vietnam 6-3, 6-4.

Mason Recci with Tom Pisane were defeated by Jordi Muñoz Abreu & David Pérez Sanz in the semi-final in Egypt 6-2, 6-3.

Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Romana Cisovska & Stefania Rogozinska Dzik in the semi-final in Egypt 7-4, 3-6, 10-1.

Next week Brits play in Shanghai, Fairfield, Italy, Australia, USA, Vietnam, Germany, Mexico, Egypt, Tianjin & France.


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