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Kops-Jones & Spears Conquer Québec City

Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears were pushed to match tie-breaks in three of their four matches at the Bell Challenge, but prevailed in each.

Published September 18, 2011 07:26

Kops-Jones & Spears Conquer Québec City
Abigail Spears, Raquel Kops-Jones

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears now have two doubles titles together, and in both cases, they had to work extra hard for them. At Estoril in 2009, all four of their matches were extended to match tie-breaks. Then this week in Québec City, three of the four went the distance.

The top-seeded Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears were first challenged in the quarterfinals at the Bell Challenge, as they were down a set and a break at 62 43 before rallying for a 26 76(4) 106 defeat of Melinda Czink and Andrea Hlavackova. Then in the semifinals, they survived four match points in a row from 9-5 in the match tie-break and then another at 10-9 before edging Heather Watson and Kathrin Woerle, 46 63 1311. Finally, they had a slightly more routine 61 36 106 win over Jamie Hampton and Anna Tatishvili in the championship match.

"Jamie and Anna are good players, obviously having made the finals," said Spears, who now has six doubles titles, while Kops-Jones has four. "They kept making us play and we made some errors. That's all it takes to lose a set, 6-3. It doesn't sound very close, but it's just a couple of points."

The victors had an especially boisterous celebration after securing the title.

"I lost a family friend on Thursday, so we tried to do this for him. That is why I was so emotional," Spears said. "He's my best friend's dad and I've known him since I was 5. I talked to her last night and she said, 'Go for it. Do this one for my dad.' She wanted us to win this one and we did. It was really special."

Also triumphant this week were Eleni Daniilidou and Vitalia Diatchenko, who topped Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok, 64 63, in the final of the Tashkent Open. The titlists, seeded second, were playing their first event as a duo. It was Daniilidou's third doubles title and Diatchenko's first.

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