Two Mylan WTT players picked up Challenger doubles titles this past weekend, while the top-ranked men’s pair in the world put themselves in position to finish the season with a bang.
Sam Groth (Philadelphia Freedoms) and John-Patrick Smith lived up to their No. 1 seeding in Knoxville, Tenn. The Australians rallied for a 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-7 victory over Carsten Ball and Peter Polansky in the final. It marked the tandem’s third triumph on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2013.
Maria Elena Camerin of the Orange County Breakers partnered Nigina Abduraimova to the trophy at the ITF Challenger in Istanbul. The two topped Tadeja Majeric and Andreea Mitu 6-3, 2-6, 10-8. Camerin celebrated her second Challenger doubles title of the year.
At the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, world No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan (Texas Wild) will contest the doubles final against Spain’s David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco. The Bryans are aiming to win their fourth title at the year-end championship (2003-04, 2009). The American twins are seeking a career-high 12th title in a banner year that saw them win the season’s first three major tournaments.
Photo: Sam Groth