By Glenys Furness
- Neal Skupski made final with Michael Venus
- Brit/Kiwi pairing didn’t drop a set until the final
WASHINGTON DC, USA – Neal Skupski and Michael Venus were the second seeds at the Citi Open. The Brit/Kiwi made it all the way to the final.
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Neal Skupski entered the Citi Open in Washington DC with Michael Venus. The Brit/Kiwi pairing were the second seeds. In the first round the seeds drew Fabrice Martin & Max Purcell. The French/Australian pair fought hard in the first set, before the seeds secured the relevant break of serve to take the lead. Skupski & Venus, overpowered Martin & Purcell in the second set, storming into the next round 7-5, 6-2.
In the quarter-final Skupski & Venus were against Cameron Norrie & Luke Saville. The seeds were too strong for the Brit/Australian and dominated the first set. In the second set Norrie & Saville tried to mount a fight back. However, the Brit/Kiwi proved too strong for Norrie & Saville and broke serve to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
The semi-final pitched Skupski & Venus against Sebastian Korda & Jannik Skinner. The American/Italian pair tried to stay with the Brit/Kiwi, however Skupski & Venus outplayed Korda & Skinner and took the lead. The second set saw the seeds power through and dominate the set without losing a game to move into the final 6-3, 6-0.
In the final the Brit/Kiwi were against the fourth seeds Raven Klaasen & Ben McLachlan. The South African/Japanese pair were pushed by Skupski & Venus in the first set. Neither side gave an inch and a tiebreak ensued. It was the fourth seeds that managed to edge ahead and take the lead. In the second set Skupski & Venus tried to fight back, however the fourth seeds managed to break serve to take the title 7-6(4), 6-4.
Doubles Round Up
Tara Moore with Emina Bektas were defeated by Darija Jurak & Andreja Klepac in the quarter-final in San Jose 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.
Samantha Murray-Sharan with Catherine Harrison were defeated by Angela Kulikov & Rianna Valdes in the first round in Concord 6-2, 4-6, 14-12.
Giles Hussey with Mark Simons were defeated by Alejandro Gomez & Kal Wehnelt in the quarter-final in Wetzlar 6-1, 7-5.
Toby Martin with Bogdan Borza were defeated by Corentin Denolly & Clement Tabur in the first round in Pitesti 6-4, 6-3.
Morgan Phillips & Jack Pinnington-Jones were defeated by Alejandro Garcia & Mario Mansilla Diez in the first round in Xativa 6-3, 6-3.
George Millington with Alex Martinez were defeated by Imanol Lopez Morillo & Francesco Passaro in the first round in Xativa 6-2, 6-2.
George Davies with Thijmen Loof were defeated by Andrey Chepelev & Fremin Tenti in the first round in Xativa 7-5, 5-7, 10-6.
Luke Johnson with Paul Woerner were defeated by Eero Vasa & Iiro Vasa in the semi-final in Parnu 6-3, 7-5.
Millen Hurrion with Dimitrije Zubac were defeated by Charles Broom & Alen Rogic Hadzalic in the first round in Novi Sad 6-4, 6-2.
Charles Broom with Alen Rogic Hadzalic were defeated by Anis Ghorbel & Aziz Ouakaa in the final in Novi Sad 6-4, 7-5.
Julian Cash with Issei Okamura were defeated by Yan Bondarevskiy & Grigoriy Lomakin in the semi-final in Talavi 7-6(7), 7-6(6).
Joshua Paris with Austin Ansari were defeated by Blake Ellis & Ajeet Rai in the quarter-final in Monastir 6-0, 6-2.
Ali Collins with Maria Lourdes Carle were defeated by Victoria Bosio & Angelica Moratelli in the first round in Pescara 6-3, 1-6, 10-5.
Next week Brits play in Montreal, San Marino, Poland, Romania, Tunisia, Toronto, USA, Spain & Belgium.
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