By Glenys Furness

  • Tara Moore & Emina Bektas claimed title in South Carolina
  • Brit & American were second seeds
  • Only dropped one set en route
FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA – Tara Moore & Emina Bektas took the doubles title. The pair were the second seeds and only dropped one set.


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Tara Moore & Emina Bektas entered the ITF doubles event in Florence, South Carolina. The Brit/American were the second seeds. In the first round the pair drew Nina Stadler & Anastasia Sukhotina. The Swiss/Russian found themselves the wrong end of a break in the first set. Moore & Bektas controlled the set and soon took the lead. Stadler & Sukhotina fought back in the second and broke the serve of the seeds to level up. In the match tiebreak the second seeds eased through and into the quarter-finals as their opponents ran out of steam. The second seeds took the match 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

The quarter-final saw the Brit/American against Luiza Fullana & Tiffany Pyritz. The Brazilian/American were no match for the second seeds. Fullana & Pyritz were dominated and barely got a game on the board. Moore & Bektas were in total control and moved into the semi-final in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.

In the semi-final the Brit/American were up against Bárbara Gatica & Rebecca Pereira. The Chilean/Brazilian were the fourth seeds. Moore & Bektas continued where they left off in the quarter-final and dominated the first set, losing only one game. Gatica & Pereira fought harder in the second set, but it was the second seeds that ultimately broke through and booked a semi-final spot in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

The final saw the Brit/American up against the third seeds Olivia Tjandramulia & Marcela Zacarías. The Australian/Mexican stayed toe to toe with Moore & Bektas until the end of the first set. The second seeds managed to get the break of serve needed in both sets, to lift the title 7-5, 6-4.


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Doubles Round Up

Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Roman Jebavý & Igor Zelenay in the first round  in Moscow 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.

Cameron Norrie with Soonwoo Kwon were defeated by Sander Arends & David Pel in the first round in Antwerp 6-2, 6-0.

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies in the final in Antwerp      7-6(1), 6-3.

Jonny O’Mara & Ken Skupski were defeated by Mate Pavic & Bruno Soares in the first round in Stockholm 6-4, 7-6(3).

Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Wesley Koolhof & Fabrice Martin in the first round in Stockholm 7-6(6), 6-4.

Dom Inglot with Austin Krajicek were defeated by Wesley Koolhof & Fabrice Martin in the quarter-final in Stockholm 7-6(9), 7-6(5).

Naomi Broady & Eden Silva were defeated by Xenia Knoll & Mandy Minella in the first round in Luxembourg 6-4, 6-4.

Scott Clayton & Evan Hoyt were defeated by Jamie Cerretan & Maxime Cressy in the quarter-finals in Ismaning 6-3, 6-2.

Sebastien Mathieu with Hans Kaufmann were defeated by Petr Hajek & Dominik Palan in the first round in Egypt 6-3, 7-6(1).

George Davies & Jake Hersey were defeated by Alex Martinez & Pol Sanchez Vinas in the first round in Madrid 6-4, 3-6, 10-7.

Edward Hubner with Artur Kulibaba were defeated by Alessandro Petrone & Luca Prevosto in the first round in Tunisia 6-2, 7-6(5).

Graziella Barrett with Helena Verbeek were defeated by Sofia Dimitrieva & Vitalia Stamat in the first round in Tunisia 6-3, 6-1.

Alice Gillan with Sara Lanca were defeated by Nefisa Berberović & Silvia Njirić in the semi-final in Tunisia 6-3, 6-1.

Finn Bass with Matias Soto were defeated by Juan Carlos Aguilar & Jordi Arconada in the first round in USA 7-4, 6-3.

Luke Johnson with Peter Bothwell were defeated by Aidan McHugh & Connor Farren in the first round in USA 7-5, 7-6(5).

Jonathan Gray with Simon Carr were defeated by Liam Caruana & Christian Langmo in the first round in USA 2-6, 6-4, 10-8.

Aidan McHugh with Connor Farren were defeated by Jesper De Jong & Ryan Nijboer in the quarter-final in USA 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.

Jack Findel-Hawkins with Julian Bradley were defeated by Jesper De Jong & Ryan Nijboer in the semi-final in USA 6-2, 6-4.

Mark Whitehouse with Michael Geerts were defeated by Jesper De Jong & Ryan Nijboer in the final in USA 7-6(4), 6-1.

Alicia Barnett & Jodie Burrage were defeated by Ingrid Gamarra Martins & Thaisa Grana Pedretti in the quarter-final in USA 3-6, 6-3, 10-5.

Emily Appleton with Jacqueline Cako were defeated by Vladica Babić & Anna Danilina in the semi-final in USA 6-2, 6-0.

Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Duan Yingying & Zhang Ying in the first round in China 3-6, 6-1, 12-10.

Harriet Dart with Valeria Savinykh were defeated by Jovana Jakšić & Natalija Kostić in the quarter-final in China 0-0 RET.

Darryl Hayle with Dustin Goldenburg were defeated by David Pichler & Aldin Šetkić in the first round in Nigeria 6-1, 6-1.

Gabriella Taylor with Mira Antonitsch were defeated by Viktoriya Petrenko & Zeynep Sarioglan in the quarter-final in Turkey 6-3, 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Basel, Vienna, Traralgon, Brest, Hamburg, USA, Tunisia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Turkey, Australia, Canada, China, Portugal, Norway & Sweden.


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