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Daniell loses Swedish Open doubles final

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016

New Zealand doubles specialist Marcus Daniell has fallen one step short of an ATP title in Sweden.

Daniell and Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner lost the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad, the fourth seeds going down 6-2 6-3 to a second-seeded Spanish combination of Marcelo Granollers and David Marrero.

The result comes two weeks out from the Olympics, where Daniell will team up with Michael Venus.

Daniell and Venus will both contest an ATP tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland and are drawn to meet in the quarter-finals if victorious in the first round.

Daniell and Demoliner combine again while Venus is the tournament top seed alongside Croat Mate Pavic.

Meanwhile, Kiwi women's No.1 Marina Erakovic has won through the first round of qualifying at the Swedish Open women's tournament.

The world No.115 beat lowly-ranked Swede Fanny Ostlund 7-5 6-2 and will meet 112th-ranked Slovakian Jana Cepelova in the second and final round of qualifying.

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