There was local success in the first final of the AEGON GB Pro-Series Bath tennis tournament finals at the University of Bath with Samantha Murray and Emily Webley-Smith wining the women’s doubles title today (Saturday).
Murray trains at the Team Bath MCTA Tennis Academy and Webley-Smith is a former Team Bath tennis player.
The pair were top seeds for the tournament and battled back from a set down to beat four seeds Lenka Jurikova of Slovakia and Katarzyna Piter of Poland on a champions’ tie-break. The final score was 4-6, 6-4, (10-5).
There was further British success in the other final of the day, the men’s doubles, as second seeds Lewis Burton and Edward Corrie beat the Belgian pair of Arthur de Greef and Yannik Reuter 6-3, 6-4.
The singles competitions reach their climax tomorrow (Saturday), with Germany’s number two seed Peter Torebko playing Michael Ryderstedt of Sweden, seeded four, in the men’s final. That one gets underway at 10.30am.
Katarzyna Piter returns to action in the women’s singles final, which follows the men’s final. The Polish number five seed despatched Samantha Murray 6-3, 7-5 in the women’s singles semi-finals today and faces Tereza Smitkova in the final. The Czech player had to come through the qualifying rounds to reach the main draw.
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Meanwhile, Team Bath MCTA Tennis Academy player Daniel Little won the boys’ singles title at the Pajulahti Cup at Nastola in Finland. Top seed Little beat Finnish player Hendrik Lutter 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
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