By Glenys Furness

  • Samantha Murray-Sharan claimed doubles title in France
  • Took out second and third seeds en route
CAGNES-SUR-MER, FRANCE – Samantha Murray-Sharan entered the doubles of the ITF event. The Brit lifted the title after taking out two seeded pairings.

 

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Samantha Murray-Sharan paired up with Julia Wachaczyk for the ITF event. The Brit/German were unseeded. In the first round the pair were drawn against the third seeds Ankita Raina & Rosalie Van Der Hoek. The Indian/Dutch pair pushed the Brit/German in the first set. However, Murray-Sharan & Wachaczyk managed the vital break of serve to take the lead. The seeds fought back in the second set and dominated to level up. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the Brit/German that edged through into the next round 7-5, 2-6, 10-8.

The quarter-final saw the Brit/German up against Aubane Droguet & Selena Janicijevic. The French pair tried to stay with Murray-Sharan & Wachaczyk but were unable to stop the Brit/German pair from breaking in both sets to move into the semi-final in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

In the semi-final the Brit/German were against the second seeds Greet Minnen & Alison Van Uytvanck. The Belgians could not stop Murray-Sharan & Wachaczyk from breaking almost at will and were clearly out of sorts. The Belgians retired from the match handing their unseeded opponents a spot in the final 4-1 (RET).

The final saw the Brit/German against the Polish pair of Paula Kanla & Katarzyna Piter. In the first set Murray-Sharan & Wachaczyk were pushed hard by the Poles, but the Brit/German secured the break needed to move into the lead. The second set was much easier, as the Brit/German broke easily to claim the match and title 7-5, 6-2

Doubles Round Up

Sarah Beth Grey & Eden Silva were defeated by Caty McNally & Whitney Osuigwe in the first round in Cagnes-Sur-Mer 6-3, 7-5.

Dan Evans with Grigor Dimitrov were defeated by Maximo Gonzalez & Diego Schwartzman in the first round in Rome 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by John Peers & Michael Venus in the first round in Rome  6-3, 7-5.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Lorenzo Sonego & Andrea Vavassori in the first round in Rome 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-7.

Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Alex Lawson & Hunter Reese in the quarter-final in Iasi 7-6(7), 6-2.

Patrick Foley & David Quayle were defeated by Daniel Cukierman & Edan Leshem in the quarter-final in France 6-2, 6-2.

Next week Brits play in Hamburg, Strasbourg, Forli, Sibiu, Porto, Spain, Portugal & Czech Republic.

 

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