Olivia Gadecki is a ITF Doubles Champion for the fifth time in 2021.
The nineteen year old Australian along with Great Britain's Alicia Barnett as the third seeds outplayed the number one seeds Conny Perrin of Switzerland and Brail's Laura Pigossi 6-3, 6-2 at the 25K in Vigo, Spain. They controlled their service games right throughout the match apart from one slip up, but it was their returning (51% 1st return points won, 60% 2nd return points won) that gave them a comprehensive win.
Gadecki improves her doubles record this year to 29/7 and there could be an even bigger reward to come over the weekend. Not only did she defeat Conny Perrin in the doubles final, it was earlier in the day that she toppled the Swiss top seed in their singles quarter final 6-3, 6-3, once again producing a strong service games performance.
The eighth seed will face Japanese qualifier Sakura Hosogi in their semi final tonight at 8pm AEST.
In Monastir, Tunisia, the winning form of Adelaide's Li Tu continued, coming through qualifying to reach the semi finals of the ITF 15K with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kyle Seelig of the USA. He will now face French qualifier Robin Bertand for a spot in the final from 12.30am AEST Sunday Morning.
2020/21 combined playing UTR's to help launch his tennis career again, then the ATP 250 prior to the Australian Open, getting the AO Wildcard and now jumping on the road for the first time in 2021, to build his ranking back from scratch at ITF level the twenty five year old is now 72/8
Speaking of winning form in Tunisia, top seeds in the doubles Thomas Fancutt and Jeremy Beale made it twenty five straight wins as a pair when they have come together since May to win through to the final come Saturday. The Aussie duo will be looking to win their sixth title for 2021.
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