Photo: Svetlana RakovBeach Tennis - St Petersburg, RUS - 14-16 Dec 2012
ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: Local support was almost rewarded with champions in both the men's and women's doubles events of this Grade 3 'Christmas Cup' tournament.
The male duo of Nikita Burmakin and Evgeny Lubskiy came the closest to winning in front of their home crowd. The pair came through some tough matches before suffering a narrow 64 75 straight sets loss to Italians Luca Cimatti and Samuele Lucchi.
Italians also triumphed in the women's doubles event when second seeds Elisa Cappelli and Annalisa Prati, one of two non-Russian pairs in the draw, defeated the top seeded Russians Irina Bulykina and Gulnara Fattakhetdinova with the loss of just two games in each set of a straight sets win.