Lumsden charges to quarters as Scots impress at Wimbledon
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Maia Lumsden produced a string of stunning performances to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals - as a host of Scots impressed at the All England Club.
Lumsden hit one of the shots of the tournament as she and partner Naiktha Bains transformed their first-round tie in the women’s doubles.
Trailing by a set, the Scots-English wildcards toughed out the second in a breaker before solid serving took them to 6-6 in the decider. Despite falling 6-1 down in the race to 10 points, the Brits battled back, and when Lumsden fired a superb cross-court backhand at 9-9, there was only one winner.
Riding a wave of momentum, Lumsden and Bains then marched through their second-round tie against Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera, before reaching the last eight by beating Viktoria Hruncakova and Tereza Mihalikova over three sets.
Having impressed on the ATP Challenger circuit since returning home from university in the US, Jacob Fearnley and Connor Thomson were rewarded with Wimbledon wildcards and took advantage of the opportunity by chalking up wins on the famous turf.
Fearnley – playing with former Merchiston Castle schoolmate Johannus Monday – also had to come from behind, dropping a quick first set 6-1 as they acclimatised to the lush grounds of the All England Club. But they turned the match around in style, winning 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Their run, however, ended at the second-round stage, where they fell to Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden.
Thomson, meanwhile, and Toby Samuel enjoyed a smooth path into the second round, beating Pedro Cachin and Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets, before succumbing to Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Jamie Murray’s quest for a men’s doubles title to add to his two Wimbledon mixed doubles wins continues, with he and partner Michael Venus having reached the third round.
Ali Collins was edged out in the first round of women’s doubles, losing a tight three-setter alongside Freya Christie to Anastasia Detiuc and Andrea Gamiz.
Jonny O’Mara exited at the same stage of the men’s doubles alongside partner Liam Broady, following the latter’s run to the third round of singles.
In the mixed doubles, O’Mara and Oliva Nicholls and Murray and Taylor Townsend both progressed into the second week.
Early exits for Murray and Norrie
A much-anticipated fourth-round men’s singles match between the top two Scots failed to materialise after Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie bowed out in week one.
Two-time champion Murray, on the tenth anniversary of his first Wimbledon win, produced a stellar performance against world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, but was edged out in the fifth set following a thrilling Centre-Court encounter.
Just minutes before Murray’s exit, Cameron Norrie began his journey home, falling in four sets to Christopher Eubanks, the American who went on to beat Tsitsipas to reach the last eight.
Junior joy in first round
There was a brilliant start to the Wimbledon Juniors for all four youngsters from the GB National Tennis Academy based at the University of Stirling.
Charlie Roberton, Hephzibah Oluwadare, Ella McDonald and Henry Jefferson all won their first-round ties, dropping just one set between them.
TS Open Tour continues
Back home, the TS Open Tour continued at Bridge of Allan Sports Club.
Nicolas Rosenzweig marched to the men’s singles title, dropping just eight games in five matches, including a 6-1, 6-2 win over Cameron Fryer in the final.
In the women’s singles, Teodora Presadnikova was the champion, equally impressing by conceding just ten games in her four matches. The final saw her beat Karen Lamb 6-2, 6-2.
There was success for Scotland-based players on home turf at the Junior International Edinburgh.
Chenming Dong was the boys’ singles winner in the 14U Tennis Europe event, while Elisa Gibson won the girls’ doubles alongside Matilda Cabrera Burns and Lucas Nolte finished runners-up in the boys’ doubles with Zachary Verret.
Nolte also reached the semi-finals in the boys’ singles, while Aadya Chadalawada did likewise in the girls’ singles.
In the 18U ITF event, Lance Nisbet won the boys’ doubles with Connor Flynn.