Eleni Kordolaimi and Maia Lumsden won a dramatic doubles final at the Aegon GB Pro-Series Sunderland after defeating Alicia Barnett and Sarah Grey in three sets.

Kordolaimi and Lumsden recovered from a set down before edging a third set match tie-break to record a 2-6 6-2 [11-9] victory at the Sunderland Tennis Centre.

The pair hadn’t played together before the tournament, but quickly formed a good relationship after winning their opening match from a set down on Tuesday.

“I really enjoyed playing with her (Lumsden), it was definitely a lot of fun on court,” said Kordolaimi after the match.

“We lost the first set in the first round so we just said (to each other) it happens. We just played the same, we kind of moved more at the net and we were able to close out a few more points but we definitely believed we could do it,” added the 24-year-old from Greece.

Lumsden, who also reached the final of the singles event on Friday, said: “This week’s been good fun and we’ve had good vibes.

“We played a (match) tie-break the other day so we were quite confident going into this one and we played well on the big points.”

After beating top seeds Maria Masini and Anna-Giulia Remondina in the semi-finals, Kordolaimi and Lumsden should have been full of confidence, but they fell behind in the early exchanges.

Barnett and Grey broke Lumsden’s serve in the third game of the match and quickly raced into a 4-1 lead.

The all-British pair, who hadn’t dropped a set before the final, went on to wrap up the opener in 29 minutes when Lumsden netted a backhand on set point.

Kordolaimi and Lumsden responded immediately, though, breaking Barnett’s serve for the first time to take a 2-0 lead in the second set.

A deft volley from Lumsden in the sixth game secured a double break for 5-1 and two games later, the match was levelled at a set apiece.

In the deciding tie-break (first to ten points) Kordolaimi and Lumsden played their best tennis of the match to pull away into a 6-3 lead.

Barnett and Grey fought back to draw level at 7-7, however, after squandering one match point, Kordolaimi sealed the title with a decisive volley, which was dispatched powerfully into the open court.