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WTA Roundup: Dart wins WTA 125 doubles title in US

Dow Tennis Classic

Britain’s Harriet Dart teamed up for the first time with American Asia Muhammad and together they won the Dow Tennis Classic at the Greater Midland Tennis Center in Michigan, USA, on Saturday night, defeatingThailand’s Peangtarn Plipuech & Aldila Sutjiati of Indonesia, 6-3 2-6 [10-7] in the final.

 

The Dow Tennis Classic, played indoors on hard courts, is a WTA 125 event on the schedule.

The singles champion will be crowned Sunday after the 2 pm final match between top seed Madison Brengle and unseeded Robin Anderson, who are both Americans.

Dart & Muhammad, the No 2 seeds in the doubles, won the first set in the final after breaking at 3-3 and winning the final 3 games.

The set seemed to turn in the 7th game when Dart was down 40-love, but then won the next 4 points to take the game via the no advantage scoring in WTA doubles matches.

“It’s our first time playing together, and we got the title,” she told the crowd at the winner’s podium after the match. “I hope we can play together again.”

Plipuech & Sutjiati, who were seeded 3rd in the doubles, won the second set by breaking a 2-2 tie with 4 straight winning games and prompting a match tiebreak in which neither pair could gain more than a 2-point lead while the score pushed to 7-7 when the winners scored 3 straight points to claim the victory.

While doubles titles are nothing new for 30-year old Muhammad, who had won 33 at international level, she admitted that this one was no easy feat.

“This was such a tough match today,” she said after complimenting her opponents during her post-match interview on court.

Dart also told the audience that she was glad to see so many fans at the Midland event.

“It’s my first time here … and it’s great to have such a great atmosphere,” she said. “And it was so nice to finally have a crowd.”

The doubles winners received a $5,000 cheque for winning the championship.

Meanwhile, Madison Brengle, the 2018 champion, and Caty McNally, the 2019 champion, claimed quarter-final victories on Friday, but only Brengle made it into the final with a 6-7(2) 7-6(8) 6-0 win over compatriot Danielle Lao.

19-year old McNally scored an upset over 2nd-seeded Misaki Doi by virtue of the Japanese retiring from the match at 6-4, 4-2 and the win sent the No 5 seed into the semi-finals where she met another American Robin Anderson, who had earned a 6-2 6-2 win over 17-year-old Katrina Scott, also from the US.

In the semis, however, unseeded Anderson outlasted over McNally, 5-7 6-3 6-4, to set up a final meeting with Brengle on Sunday.

Dart, seeded 4 in the singles main draw, lost her opening match to Conny Perrin from Switzerland, 6-1 5-7 6-1, earlier in the week.


Anna Bondar upset top seed Maya Sherif to reach her biggest career final at the Argentina Open 2021 in Buenos Aires

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Argentina Open 2021

Elsewhere, the WTA 125 event in Buenos Aires, the Argentina Open, is being played outdoors on clay courts, where the two top seeds fell before reaching their prospective places in the final.

Egypt’s Mayar Sherif, the No 1 seed, made it to the semi-finals but was outrun by Anna Bondar, the 3rd seed from Hungary on Saturday, 4-6 6-3 6-3, while 2nd-seeded Beatriz Maia Haddad from Brazil was upset in the quarter-finals by Frenchwoman Dianne Parry, the No 7 seed, 4-6 6-4 6-4, on Friday.

19-year old Parry advanced to Sunday’s final against Bondar, with a 6-3 7-6(3) over another Hungarian, Panna Udvardy, seeded 5th.


19-year old Dianne Parry held off Panna Udvardy to reach the final against Bondar on Sunday

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