British Tennis Round-up: Murray and Soares seal Citi Open title

06/08/2018

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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in action

United States – Washington

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares clinched their eighth doubles title together after triumphing at the Citi Open in Washington.

The fourth seeds fought back from a set down to defeat Mike Bryan and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 6-3, [10-4] and lift the trophy. The result marked their second title of the year following success at the Mexican Open in March.

In singles, Andy Murray made an emphatic return to the court for the first time since June's Nature Valley International as he reached his first quarter-final since making his comeback to the tour this year.

The three-time Grand Slam champion overcame America’s Mackenzie McDonald 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the opening round before he won a battle of the Brits by battling past Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4.

He went on to face Romania’s Marius Copil and clinched a third consecutive three-set victory in a match that concluded at 03:02 local time.

After playing three competitive matches over four days, the former world No.1 made a call to withdraw from the tournament so he could focus on his recovery.

Katie Boulter continued to make her mark on the WTA circuit as she sailed past Serbian fifth seed Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-0 in the first round.

First hard court win of the season 😇 @citiopen

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Her run came to a halt in the second round as she lost in three sets to America’s Allie Kiick.

United States – San Jose

Johanna Konta was on top form at the Silicon Valley Classic and kickstarted her campaign with a flawless 6-1, 6-0 victory over 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. The pair had met just the once before, back in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2017 which Williams went on to win.

Konta secured her place in the final eight with a solid 6-1, 6-4 victory over America’s Sofia Kenin but was denied a semi-final spot as she fell in a tight two-setter to Belgian fourth seed Elise Mertens.

Heather Watson enjoyed a deep run in the doubles teamed up with Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu as the second seeds. The pair reached the semi-finals after defeating Konta and Shuai Zhang 7-5, 6-2 but narrowly missed out on a place in the final as they fell 6-4, 3-6, [10-8] to Ukrainian twin sisters Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok.

The British No.3 also celebrated a milestone in the singles event as she scored her 100th WTA main draw win with victory in the opening round.

Mexico

Following a solid run at the Atlanta Open last week, Cameron Norrie moved on to the Los Cabos Open where he made his second straight semi-final.

The British No.2 made the final four with impressive straight set victories over India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran, Spanish eighth seed Feliciano Lopez and French fourth seed Adrian Mannarino, before falling 6-4, 6-2 to eventual champion Fabio Fognini.

Norrie’s successive semi-final appearances were rewarded with a new career-high as he moved up seven ranking spots to world No.67.

Dublin

Emily Appleton celebrated a career milestone while playing at a $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit tournament in Dublin. The 18-year-old from Chertsey defeated compatriot Sasha Hill 6-4, 6-3 in an all-British final.

Third time’s a charm 🍀 #singleschamppp

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There was also singles success for Ryan Storrie who finished runner-up in the men’s $25,000 Futures tournament.The 20-year-old from Dorchester dug deep to defeat German fourth seed Stefan Seifert 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3 in his semi-final but was denied the title after suffering a tight 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 loss to home favourite Peter Bothwell.

Luke Johnson claimed his fourth career Futures doubles title as he partnered France’s Hugo Voljacques as the tournament’s top seeds. The pair triumphed 7-6(6), 6-4 over British duo Ben Jones and Joshua Paris.

Slovakia

After successfully qualifying for a $15,000 Futures tournament in Piestany, Ewan Moore went on to become runner-up. The 20-year-old battled past fellow British qualifier Paul Jubb 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the final before losing 6-3, 6-2 to Slovakian Alex Molcan.  

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