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Men’s & women’s doubles champions crowned

Only a few keys points at a few key times separated champions from runners-up in the men’s doubles finals at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships Presented by the Lexus Store of Lexington on Saturday night.

Canadians Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic defeated Bradley Klahn of the United States and New Zealand’s Michael Venus 7-5, 6-3.

In the first set the two teams held their serves decisively to 6-5. Without ad scoring at deuce, the final game came down to a single point that sailed long at the baseline for Venus, who was serving.

During the second set, the decisive game came earlier as Klahn and Venus were broken in the fourth game to fall behind 1-3. They held serve for the rest of the set but couldn’t break the eventual winners.

“Our opponents played well,” said Polansky. “They were on top of the net and volleying well in the first set. In the end, there wasn’t much difference; just a few points at the right time made the difference.”

In the women’s doubles finals, Thailand’s Nicha Lertpitaksinchai and Peangtam Plipuech defeated Julia Glushko from Israel and partner Chanel Simmonds from South Africa, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 ,to take home the championship title.

In what was more of a battle of groundstrokes than volleys, Lertpitaksinchai and Plipuech were poised to take the first set off an early break, when Glushko and Simmonds finally broke back to tie it at 5-5. Both teams then held serve to send the first set into a tiebreaker. Aggressive volleys and strong serves proved to be the deciding factor as the team from Thailand edged out Glushko and Simmonds 7-5 in the tiebreak to take the first set.

The second set stayed even and on serve, with Glushko and Plipuech battling it out at the net and Simmons and Lertpitaksinchai stepping up with some big serves.

With Glushko serving at 3-4, a double fault gave Lertpitaksinchai and Plipuech the first service break of the set to lead 5-3. They went on to hold serve to take the match. Lertpitaksinchai said they were very excited to win and really enjoyed the match. Both players hope to come back again next year to defend their title.