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Yokohama | Robson wins doubles in Japan

Yokohama | Robson wins doubles in Japan
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Laura Robson made it to the quarter-final of Yokohama where she lost to Harriet Dart 6-4 6-4 but then went on to win the doubles title.

Teaming up with Fanni Stollár to win the ITF 25K title, the pair faced no seeded opposition en route to the trophy.

Robson and her Hungarian partner were seeded second and faced Yuki Chiang & Julia Wachaczyk in their opener, getting off to a flying start against the American/German pairing and breaking in each of the sets to take the match, 6-3 6-3.

In the quarter-final they met Rika Fujiwara & Dalma Gálfi, who started the better and broke Robson & Stollár in the first set, to take the lead.

The seeded pair, however, broke the Japanese/Hungarian team to level the match and won the tiebreak decider to reach the semi-finals, 3-6 6-4 [10-5].

There Robson & Stollár were up against Haruka Kaji & Ayano Shimizu and the Japanese pairing tried hard to break the momentum of the second seeds, but the British/Hungarian team secured the break of serve needed in each set to book their place in the final 6-4 6-4.

The final saw them up against another Japanese pairing of Momoko Kobori & Chihiro Muramatsu.

The home favourites got off to the perfect start, staying with Robson & Stollár throughout the first set and earning a break right at the end to take the lead.

Robson & Stollár fought back well in the second set and, having worked out the Japanese pair’s game, they broke twice to level the match and force the match tiebreak in which the second seeds encountered little trouble to claim the title 5-7 6-2 [10-4].


About The Author

Barbara Wancke

Barbara Wancke is a Tennis Threads Tennis Correspondent who has been involved in the sport for over 40 years, not only as a former player, umpire and coach but primarily as an administrator and tennis writer contributing over the years to Lawn Tennis, Tennis World, and Tennis Today. She has worked with the Dunlop Sports Co, IMG and at the ITF as Director of Women’s Tennis, responsible, amongst other things, for the running of the Federation Cup (now Fed Cup), and acting as Technical Director for tennis at the Seoul Olympics (1988). She subsequently set up her own tennis consultancy Tennis Interlink and was elected to the Board of the TIA UK where she became the Executive Administrator and Executive Vice President until she stood down in July 2014 and is currently an Honorary Vice President.

1 Comment

  1. Kathleen O

    All these tournaments and wins(when they happen)will only help Laura on her journey back to the big time.So what if she didn’t play a seeded player on her way to winning the doubles title,a win is a win,well done ladies.👍


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