Match  points

The Vale de Lobo Ladies Open doubles competition was cancelled for the first time in 11 years as prolonged rain played havoc at last week’s opening ITF Challenger Tour event.

Meanwhile the singles draw was able to progress at a reasonable pace during the brief dry spells, albeit none of the Portuguese quartet featuring Maria João Koehler, Joana Pangaio, Catarina Ferreira and Ana Claro made it past the first round. Instead, 20-year-old German world No720 Nicola Geuer overcame higher ranked and one year younger Appollonia Melzani from Belgium 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in Sunday’s final, which was attended by holidaymakers Anthony and Jane Henman, parents of former British No1 Tim Henman.

Tournament organiser Pedro Frazão used the occasion to announce that negotiations are under way to bring former world No1 Pete Sampras to the Algarve for next August’s Senior Tour Grand Champions at the resort, but that financial means provided by sponsors would prove instrumental in deciding the popular American’s participation.

Meanwhile the action is continuing at Albufeira’s Montechoro Sports and Leisure complex this week before moving to Portimão for the Tivoli Arade Ladies Open set to get underway tomorrow (Saturday).