Ilkley Trophy doubles champions crowned

Saturday afternoon crowned two sets of champions on centre court in both the ATP Challenger Tour’s men’s and ITF Pro Circuits women’s doubles finals.

The men’s and women’s singles semi-finals were also completed, with a place in Sunday’s final at stake.

Asia Muhammad (USA) and Maria Sanchez (USA) were crowned champions in the women’s doubles final, Natela Dzalamidze (RUS) and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) put forward a valiant challenge, however the American pair came from one-set down to win 4-6, 6-3, [10-1].

Austin Krajicek (USA) and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) were crowned men’s doubles champions late on centre court. The pair have only played together for two weeks, however they hit the ground running throughout the Ilkley Trophy. They defeated the German pairing Kevin Krawietz (GER) and Andreas Mies (GER) in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

The two remaining Ilkley top eight men’s seeds both faced each other in the top half of the men’s draw, Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) [8] defeated Michael Mmoh (USA) [7] in a tough two-set battle 6-4, 7-5.

Oscar Otte (GER) made his first pro grass-court final here in Ilkley after a convincing straight sets win against Jason Kubler (AUS) 6-0, 7-5, who struggled midway through the match with an apparent knee injury.

Earlier on court two, 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska (UKR) played beyond her age to defeat Ilkley’s no. 7 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS) in straight sets, 6-4 6-3. Yastremska will face qualifier Tereza Smitkova (CZE) [Q] in the final, after she knocked out fellow qualifier Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) [Q], also in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.