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Israel doubles success for Acle tennis ace Olivia Nicholls

PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:24 20 March 2018

Olivia Nicholls, left, won the doubles title at the ITF $15,000 hard court tournament at Ramat Hasharon in Israel playing alongside fellow Brit Alicia Barnett. Picture: Norfolk LTA

Olivia Nicholls, left, won the doubles title at the ITF $15,000 hard court tournament at Ramat Hasharon in Israel playing alongside fellow Brit Alicia Barnett. Picture: Norfolk LTA

Norfolk LTA

Norfolk women’s number one Olivia Nicholls has registered a notable doubles success in Israel.

The 23-year-old, from Acle, won the doubles title at the ITF $15,000 hard court tournament at Ramat Hasharon playing alongside fellow Brit Alicia Barnett.

They beat fourth seeds Madeleine Kobelt and Linnea Malmqvist 6-4 6-3 in the first round and Gozal Ainitdinova and Anna Pribylova 6-2 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

The unseeded pairing then beat top seeds Ching-Wen Hsu and Anastasia Pribylova 7-6(2) 6-3 to reach the final, where they battled to a 6-4 7-6(4) Charlotte Roemer and Caroline Werner victory.

The British number 33 missed out on the quarter-finals in the singles, beating seventh seed Ching-Wen Hsu from Chinese Taipei 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the first round but being beaten 7-6(5) 6-2 by Kana Daniel of the USA in the last 16.

Nicholls and Barnett also won a similar ITF $15,000 outdoor hard court event in Madrid in September last year.

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