Tough run for Aussies in finals
Australian players featured in finals in events in Great Britain, France and Spain this week.
Australian Storm Sanders was a doubles finalist at a WTA 250 tournament in Nottingham this week.
The 26-year-old’s bid to win a third tour-level title ended with a three-set loss to Ukrainian Lyudmyla Kichenok and Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya, who defeated Sanders and her American partner Caroline Dolehide 6-4 6-7(3) [10-8].
Matt Reid, who was teaming with Brit Ken Skupski, claimed the ATP Challenger doubles title with a 4-6 7-5 [10-6] victory against all-Aussie combination Matt Ebden and John-Patrick Smith. It is Reid’s third doubles title of the season.
Aussies in action – Nottingham
Women’s doubles, final
 Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) d  Storm Sanders (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) 6-4 6-7(3) [10-8]
Men’s doubles, final
 Matt Reid (AUS)/Ken Skupski (GBR) d  Matt Ebden (AUS)/John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 4-6 7-5 [10-6]
World No.1 Dylan Alcott lost in the semifinals of the French Riviera Open, beaten by Sam Schroder in a rematch of last week’s Roland Garros final.
Schroder scored a 7-5 6-4 victory to snap a five-match losing streak against the Australian.
World No.3 Schroder and Dutch countryman Niels Vink combined to claim the doubles title too, defeating Alcott and fellow Aussie Heath Davidson 6-4 6-3 in the final.
Quad wheelchair singles, semifinals
 Sam Schroder (NED) d  Dylan Alcott (AUS) 7-5 6-4
Quad wheelchair doubles, final
 Sam Schroder (NED)/Niels Vink (NED d  Dylan Alcott (AUS)/Heath Davidson (AUS) 6-4 6-3
Queensland teen Olivia Gadecki reached her first ITF singles final at $25K level – and came very close to securing the title.
American Robin Anderson eventually overcame Gadecki 6-3 6-7(3) 7-6(8) in a hard-fought final.
Aussies in action – Madrid
Women’s singles, final
 Robin Anderson (USA) d Olivia Gadecki (AUS) 6-3 6-7(3) 7-6(8)