Anna Smith teams up with Nicole Melichar to claim first WTA title


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Anna Smith French Open

Britain’s Anna Smith is celebrating her first WTA Tour title with doubles partner Nicole Melichar after the pair lifted the Nuremberg Cup.

Anna and her American team-mate defeated the impressive duo of Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 in Saturday’s final on the Nuremberg clay.

Until recently Smith was partnered with fellow Briton Jocelyn Rae but has hit the ground running with new partner Nicole, who is ranked 56th in the world.

“It was an amazing match,” Smith said on court after the victory. “Our first match I think we won 12-10 [in the tie-break] so it’s been pretty close at times, but it’s been an amazing week and I’m really happy to win my first title with Nicky.”

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