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Loughborough Trophy: Britain’s Salisbury takes home doubles title as Ward misses out

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  • 27/05/2018

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James Ward’s fairytale comeback was not to be in Loughborough on Sunday, with the Briton going down to Japan’s Hiroki Moriya in the inaugural Loughborough Trophy Final.

In the doubles final, London’s Joe Salisbury and Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen took home the trophy.

Eighth seed Moriya played an exceptional game of tennis to defeat the home crowd favourite in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.

It was the third time the pair had met and was Ward’s first ATP Challenger final since 2015.

It’s been a great week,” said Ward, who spent nine months on the sidelines in 2017 after knee surgery. “I’ve only played a few tournaments to the second round since my surgery, so it’s good progress and I’ll crack on now for the grass court season.

Of his opponent, Ward said: “Hiroki played great today. He’s a tough boy, he returned great and served well and didn’t give me too many chances, so well done to him.”

In the doubles, Salisbury and Nielsen ended British duo Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara’s run with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 victory.

The pair got off to a slow start and lost the first set to a firing Bambridge and O’Mara, who had plenty of home crowd support.

However, Salisbury showed why he’s ranked inside the top 80 in doubles and Nielsen’s experience as the 2012 Wimbledon Doubles Champion came to the fore – breaking twice to take the second set and push the match to a championship tie-break.

“We really had to raise our level, they were playing great for the first set and a half and we had to come up with some really good stuff to win that second set,” explained Salisbury.

“We got a bit lucky for the first point of the tie-break, but we just got on a roll and played great for the rest of it so obviously, we’re thrilled.”