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Aegon GB Pro-Series: Brit defeated in women’s doubles final in Sunderland
Hilda Melander and Sandra Roma (top) beat Amy Bowtell and Lucy Brown to take the Women’s doubles title
Britain’s Lucy Brown and Irish partner Amy Bowtell lost 6-0, 6-3 in the women’s doubles final at the Aegon GB Pro-Series in Sunderland today against Swedish duo Hilda Melander and Sandra Roma.
Brown and Bowtell, who made it through to the final by beating Anna Fitzpatrick and Jade Windley 2-6, 6-3 [10-2], failed to go one step further and take the title as the Swede’s won in emphatic style.
Melander and Roma dominated the first set and didn’t loose a game as neither of their opponents able to find their service rhythm.
The second set was a bit closer, though, with Brown managing to cause problems with her serve.
However, the pair from Sweden had too much and took the tie in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.
After the match, Brown said: “We played really well in our first two matches but today we didn’t seem to find our game very well and it was a bit of a struggle.
“They played really well together and they were really tough to play against.”
The duo from Sweden, who expect their next tournament will be in the US, were understandably pleased with their victory.
“We’re very happy, I think we played very well today,” said Melander.
“I think we played very aggressive and we were the leaders on court. We managed to play the game in the way we wanted.”
Meanwhile, the women’s singles final will be contested between Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck and Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany.
Second seed Van Uytvanck beat Ana Vrljic 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in her semi-final while Friedsam, the top seed in the women’s draw, beat Viktorija Golubic 6-3, 6-3.
The women’s final will take place on Sunday at 11am at the Sunderland Tennis Centre in Silksworth.