British Tennis Round-up: Success around the globe as Brits continue to rack up titles
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It's coming to the end of the season and the Brits are tallying up their titles from all over the globe #BackTheBrits
Jamie Murray and his partner Bruno Soares got off to a smashing start in London as they beat Max Mirnyi (BUL) and Treat Huey (PHI), 6-4, 7-5.
Outside of the capital, there were remarkable results at both Aegon GB Pro-Series tournaments in Shrewsbury and Barnstaple.
In Shrewsbury, Sarah Beth Grey and Olivia Nicholls followed on their title success by reaching their third final in a row and clinching a second consecutive ITF 10K title.
After defeating fellow Brits, Anna Popescu and Francesca Wilkes 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-final, they set up a second all-British clash against Alicia Barnett and Lauren McMinn. A 6-3, 6-3 victory led to the pair’s third ITF title of 2016.
In Barnstaple, there was singles success for Neil Pauffley, as well as doubles delight for Scott Clayton and Jonny O’Mara.
After knocking out no.1 seed, Tallon Griekspoor (NED) in the semis, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, Neil went on to win his 5th ITF Futures title following the defeat of no.2. Frederik Nielsen (DEN), 6-4, 6-4.
In turn, Scott Clayton and Jonny O’Mara secured a hat-trick by clinching their third Aegon GB Pro-Series in three weeks, following fantastic form in both Sheffield and Loughborough respectively.
A 6-4, 6-4 semi-final victory over Brits, Jonathan Binding and Matthew Hingley, took them into a final head-to-head against American duo, Hunter Callahan and Nicholas S. Hu. After two tight sets, Scott and Jonny were triumphant with a 6-4, 7-5 victory, adding a 6th Futures title to their 2016 trophy table.
Ken and Neal Skupski (pictured above) clinched their fourth ATP Challenger title of the season as they were crowned champions of the Peugeot Slovak Open in Bratislava.
After two tense tie-breaker sets, the no.4 seeds defeated top seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) and Nenad Zimonjic (SER) 7-6(5), 7-6(3), to set up a final showdown against Indian duo, Purav Raja and Divij Sharan. After losing the first set, the brothers fought back to secure the win, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Meanwhile, at the ITF $25,000 Bratislava tournament, no.1 seeds Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae followed suit as they won the ladies doubles event.
After overcoming Agnes Bukta (HUN) and Vivien Juhaszova (SVK) 6-1, 6-4 in the semis, the pair stormed into the final where they defeated Dutch duo, Quirine Lemoine and Eva Wacanno, 6-3, 6-2 and clinched their third ITF title of the year.