Photo: Chahoon ImJoshua Ward-Hibbert and Andrew Fitzpatrick (GBR)
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM: In a battle of the top two seeded teams in the doubles final, it was second-seeded British duo Andrew Fitzpatrick and Joshua Ward-Hibbert who emerged victorious to claim back-to-back doubles titles in Vietnam.
The Brits recorded a hard fought three-set victory over the No. 1 seeds Logan Mackenzie and Dane Propoggia of New Zealand and Australia respectively.
The top seeds held the initiative after the first set, which they won 64, but the British pair, one of three all-European partnerships in the main draw, forced the title match into a third set with a close 9-7 tiebreak win.
Fitzpatrick and Ward-Hibbert, who teamed up for the first time back in mid-January, then added to their title triumph at this same venue the previous week by claiming the third set on a match tiebreak [11-9].
This was their second victory over their southern hemisphere opponents out in Vietnam having also survived a tough match against the pair at the semifinal stage en route to their maiden title win the previous week.
For Joshua Ward-Hibbert though, this tournament is not yet finished. On Saturday the unseeded 19-year old will be in action in his first ITF Pro Circuit singles semifinal of his career where he will be up against the highest seed left in the draw, Lucas Pouille of France.
You can find out how Ward-Hibbert gets on as he looks to add the singles title to his doubles triumph right here on the ITF Pro Circuit website via the tournament page where results will be uploaded following close of play.
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