Ilkley Trophy: Johnson and Bains fly the flag for Leeds Yorkshire News

The LTA Trophy Series was played at the Ilkley Tennis Club.  Image: Tony Johnson
The LTA Trophy Series was played at the Ilkley Tennis Club. Image: Tony Johnson

The 28-year-old Johnson, joined by 21-year-old Scotsman Aidan McHugh, beat the highly rated French pairing Lucas Pouille and Constant Lestienne.

The British pair took control of the first set with two breaks of serve and recovered after the loss of one of them to take out the set.

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Johnson and McHugh seemed to be sailing after going a break ahead in the second set, but lost 6-4 before recovering well to overcome the 10-point tie break and win 6-4 4-6 10-7.

Leeds’ Luke Johnson playing in the men’s doubles with fellow Scot Aiden McHugh. Image: Tony Johnson

Johnson said: “There were always going to be some twists and turns, so it was good to get through. It was a tough ending to the second set, losing by a break, but we regrouped like we did in the last round and came out ahead in the tie break.

“They are two very well established individual players, so we knew we had to assert ourselves on the court from the beginning, I think we did.

“We needed to make sure it was a doubles match, we didn’t want to go into a match where we played from the baseline against them.

“It’s an amazing tournament, the crowds here are probably the best of any tournament I’ve played so far this year.”

Japanese player Yuriko Lily Miyazaki plays against Britain’s Sonay Kartal on center court. Image: Tony Johnson

Bains, 24, also teamed with a Scottish player, Maia Lumsden, against No.4 seeds Ingrid Gamarra Martins of Brazil and Britain’s Emily Webley-Smith.

The British pair recorded a 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 victory to set up a semi-final encounter with second-seeded Estelle Cascino and Jessika Ponchet of France.

Wins by Sonay Kartal and Jodie Burrage made the London-born pair the only Britons to reach the quarter-finals of the singles events.

The 20-year-old Kartal, ranked No. 268 in the world, recovered from a rocky start to win in straight sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 against 26-year-old British compatriot Yuriko Lily Miyazaki.

Burrage, 23, joined Kartal in the quarters thanks to an impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory against No.5 seed Mai Hontama, ranked 80 places higher than Burrage at 136, from Japan.

Unranked 17-year-old Ranah Akua Stoiber from Middlesex saw her great run end in a marathon three-set match against No.4 seed Daria Snigur of Ukraine.

The last Briton standing in the men’s singles, Lincoln’s Dan Cox, 31, lost in straight sets to Zizou Bergs.

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