Tempo - Huey, pal win title on grass

Long-time tennis partners Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot stunned top seed and defending champion Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil, 7-5, 5-7, 10-8, Friday to capture the Aegon International doubles title at a grass court in Eastbourne, Great Britain.

The Fil-American Huey and the British-born Inglot survived a hectic day that began with 7-6 (2), 6-3 semifinal victory over the wildcard pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchings to nail their first title win on grass.

The semifinal win of Huey and Inglot was actually a continuation of their affair which was suspended on Thursday due to darkness, before edging out the fancied team of Peya and Soares in the final.

"They’re a really tricky team," said Inglot in an interview to ATPWorldTour.com. "We've played them numerous times and we've pushed them to three sets but have never won. To come through on a final was really satisfying and a big confidence-booster going into Wimbledon."

Both are aiming to use the title win as a springboard to their Wimbledon campaign this week. They made it to the third round – their best feat so far – in last year’s edition of the said Grand Slam.

En route to the final, Huey and Inglot upset second pick Leander Paes of India and Aisam Qureshi of Pakistan, 6-4, 6-3, in the quarterfinals, and Great Britain’s Jaime Murray and Australian John Peers, 6-3, 7-6 (4), in the 16-pair draw.

Huey and Inglot also claimed their third crown as a tandem following title victories in the 2013 Swiss Indoors Basel in Switzerland and the 2012 Citi Open in Washington DC.

With the win, Huey and Inglot are expected to improve their respective Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) doubles rankings of Nos. 26 and No. 22. (Kristel Satumbaga)

Source: Tempo