Australian Open 2022: Daily Updates
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- Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram lose in the men's doubles semi-final 6-3, 7-6(9) to Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden
- Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid lift their ninth consectutive men's doubles title
- Andy Lapthorne wins his 15th Grand Slam title in the quad doubles
- Lucy Shuker and Yui Kamiji beaten in three-sets by top seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek van Koot
- Hewett finishes runner-up in the men's singles
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram missed out on the chance to reach their third consecutive Australian Open final with a 6-3, 7-6(9) loss to Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
The former champions – who were competing in their sixth Grand Slam semi-final since 2020 –conceded only their second break of serve in the third game of the match, setting the Australians up with an early advantage.
Salisbury and Ram had four set points in the second set tie-break to force a decider but failed to capitalise on their opportunity. The Australians refused to budge and with match point at 10-9, Purcell tucked away with Ram’s backhand return to complete the upset.
Alfie Hewett was denied his first Australian Open singles title – losing 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to World No.1 Shingo Kunieda in two hours and 12 minutes.
After winning his ninth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title with Gordon Reid only the day before, Hewett’s wait for a 20th major title will continue through to the French Open in a few months’ time.
Despite the disappointment of a late break in the first set to give Kunieda the lead, Hewett came back flying. Kunieda could only manage one hold of serve as Hewett roared into the title deciding final set.
But Kunieda’s experience shone through in third. The now 11-time Australian Open, again found the his form from earlier in the match, fighting off a late challenge from the Brit to claim the title.
- Matthew Ebden (AUS) & Max Purcell bt. Joe Salisbury (GBR) & Rajeev Ram (USA) (2) 6-3, 7-6(9)
- Shingo Kunieda (JPN) (1) bt. Alfie Hewett (GBR) (2) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Andy Lpathorne and David Wagner came from a set down to win the Australian Open quad doubles title with a 2-6, 6-4, 10-7 victory over Sam Schroder and Niels Vink.
Lapthorne claimed not only his sixth doubles title in Melbourne, but his 15th career Grand Slam trophy as well in a hard fought battle on Court 8.
After losing the opening set Lapthorne and Wagner made an instant response, taking a commaning 4-1 lead en route to a deciding match tie-break. In the champiobship defining moment, the second seeds held their nerve, forcing a flurry of errors to complete their comeback.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid made it nine Grand Slam doubles titles in a row as they beat Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.
Hewett and Reid claimed their third consecutive Australian Open title together as a pair, holding off an inspired comeback from the Japanese, Argentinian duo.
A series of five errors from Kunieda and Fernandez in the match tie-break proved to be the deciding factor in a nail-biting hour and 50-minute contest.
Hewett will have the chance to win his 20th Grand Slam title when he faces Kunieda tomorrow in the singles final.
Elsewhere, Lucy Shuker and Yui Kamiji lost their women’s doubles final 7-5, 3-6, 10-2 to top seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek van Koot.
Shuker and Kamiji managed to wrestle their way back into the match to force the final tie-break, but the Dutch duo proved too strong, racing to a 9-0 lead to eventually seal the win.
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram moved one win away from the Australian Open men’s doubles final with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
The second seeds are yet to drop a set in Melbourne this year are through to their sixth Grand Slam semi-final since teaming up in 2019. They will face Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden after the Australians beat Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof.
Italian duo, Bolelli and Fognini, drew the first blow in the opening set, breaking for a 3-2 lead. But, having missed the chance to take one of three break point opportunities earlier in the match, Salisbury and Ram settled themselves and only dropped five points in a run of four consecutive games to clinch the set.
Bolelli and Fognini – who defeated Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the previous round – struggled on serve again in the final set as the 2020 champions won 78% of return points on second serve to complete their victory.
Ebden and Purcell defeated Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) in two hours and 16 minutes to progress to the semi-finals.
A set up and seemingly holding with ease in the second set, Skupski and Koolhof looked destined to extend their unbeaten run on the season, but Ebden and Purcell had other ideas. Charged up by the home crowd, they got their first break at 5-4 to level the scores at one apiece.
The Australians took a 4-1 lead in the deciding set, but Skupski and Koolhof came back fighting to keep their Grand Slam hopes alive, forcing a tie-break.
With a place in the final four on the line, Ebden and Purcell took a commanding 8-3 lead in the match tie-break, which proved too much for the British, Dutch partnership to recover from.
- Alfie Hewett (GBR) & Gordon Reid (GBR) (1) bt. Shingo Kunieda (JPN) & Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 6-2, 4-6, 10-7
- Diede De Groot (NED) & Aniek van Koot (NED) (1) bt. Lucy Shuker (GBR) & Yui Kamiji (JPN) (2) 7-5, 3-6, 10-2
- Joe Salisbury (GBR) & Rajeev Ram (USA) (2) bt. Simone Bolelli (ITA) & Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-3, 6-2
- Matthew Ebden (AUS) & Max Purcell (AUS) bt. Neal Skupski (GBR) & Wesley Koolhof (NED) (10) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6)
Alfie Hewett made it back-to-back Australian Open men’s singles finals after defeating France’s Stephane Houdet 6-1, 6-1 in only 58 minutes.
The second seed dominated the match from the off, breaking at the first chance and never looked challenged by the World No.6. He wracked up a total of 34 winners to his opponents 16 through both sets as he booked his place in the second final of the week.
In the final, Hewett will face a familiar opponent in top seed Shingo Kunieda after he edged past Tom Egberink 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Hewett beat Kunieda in their meeting last week after the Japanese star was forced to retire during the final in Melbourne.
Lucy Shuker missed out on her first Grand Slam singles final after losing to World No.1 Diede De Groot 6-0, 7-5.
Shuker will have the chance to get her revenge when the two face each other again in the women’s doubles final this week.
Andy Lapthorne also lost his semi-final clash against Australia’s Dylan Alcott 6-3, 6-0 in what will be the final meeting between the two.
Lapthorne’s chances of Grand Slam glory now rest on his doubles final with David Wagner as the two take on the top seeds Sam Schroder and Niels Vink.
- Alfie Hewett (GBR) (2) bt. Stephane Houdet (FRA) 6-1, 6-1
- Diede De Groot (NED) (1) bt. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 6-0, 7-5
- Dylan Alcott (AUS) (1) bt. Andy Lapthorne (GBR) 6-3, 6-0
Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram kept their hopes of a third consecutive Australian Open final alive with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Dane Sweeny and Li Tu.
The second seeds put in yet another dominant performance in which they only lost one point out of 35 on their first serve throughout the whole match.
After saving the Australians only break point in their opening service game, the US Open champions kicked into gear and seized their opportunity at 2-2 to nudge in front. They served out the set without losing a point and piled on the pressure early in the second to get the only break they needed to see out the win.
Next, they face Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini who knocked out Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in the last round.
Joining them in the men’s doubles quarter-finals are Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof after they defeated Marcos Giron and Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 6-4.
Skupski and Koolhof – who only began playing together at the start of this year – extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches as both players go in search of their first men’s doubles Grand Slam title.
The British and Dutch duo look like a team high in confidence and didn’t face a single break point in the match. They ramped up the intensity to complete back-to-back breaks at the end the first and start the second sets, which proved to be the decisive period for both sides.
The 10th seeds will now play Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell for a place in the semi-finals.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid’s chances of making it a record ninth straight Grand Slam doubles title together increased after they beat Tom Egberink and Ben Weekes 7-5, 6-2.
In the final, they will take on familiar rivals Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez, who comfortably beat second seeds Stephane Houdet and Joaquim Gerard in the semi-finals.
In the women’s draw, Lucy Shuker is through to her first Australian Open doubles final since 2013 as she and Yui Kamiji won 6-2, 6-3 against Zhenzhen Zhu and Jiske Griffioen.
A seven-time Grand Slam finalist, Shuker will be aiming to win her first major title when her and Kamiji take on top seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek Van Koot in the final.
Completing the set of Brits in wheelchair doubles finals is Andy Lapthorne who came through a tough match against Koji Sunego and Donald Ramphadi to seal a 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 win with David Wagner.
Lapthorne – a five-time doubles champion in Melbourne – and Wagner take on top seeds Sam Schroder and Niels Vink in the final.
- Joe Salisbury (GBR) & Rajeev Ram (USA) (2) bt. Dane Sweeny (AUS) & Li Tu (Aus) 6-4, 6-4
- Neal Skupski (GBR) & Wesley Koolhof (NED) (10) bt. Marcos Giron (USA) & Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 6-3, 6-4
- Alfie Hewett (GBR) & Gordon Reid (GBR) (1) bt. Tom Egberink (NED) & Ben Weekes (AUS) 7-5, 6-2
- Lucy Shuker (GBR) & Yui Kamiji (JPN) (2) bt. Zhenzhen Zhu (CHN) and Jiske Griffioen (NED) 6-2, 6-3
- Andy Lapthorne (GBR) & David Wagner (USA) (2) bt. Donald Ramphadi (RSA) & Koji Sunego (JPN) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares’ journey at the Australian Open came to an end after losing a close three-set battle to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3.
The eighth seeds looked in full control in the first set, breaking the Italians twice for a 5-1 lead before closing it out on their sixth set point.
Both sides serve well in the second set, winning over 88% of points on first serve – without a single break point – before heading to the tie-break. But it was Bolelli and Fognini who dealt the killer blow in the tie-breaker, finally managing to edge in front at seven apiece and then serving it out to win the set.
High in confidence, the Italians rose to the big occasion once again in the third. After saving a break point opportunity for Murray and Soares, and with the score tightly poised at 3-3, they hit another gear. They got their first break of the match when they needed it most on a close deuce game, and backed it up by breaking again to finish the match in two hours and 34 minutes.
Wildcard entry Lucy Shuker defeated China’s Zhenzhen Zhu 6-2, 6-2 to make it through to the semi-finals in the women’s singles.
Shuker – who is the only Brit in this year’s women’s competitions – put on an impressive display as she upset the World No.7. After being broken in the first game of the match, Shuker found her form, quickly turning the scores in her favour for a 3-1 lead before winning three games in a row to see it out 6-2.
It was a similar story in the second set where Shuker took complete control at 1-1, racing to a 5-1 lead and leaving Zhu with no way to come back. Shuker will play top seed Diede De Groot in the next round.
Alfie Hewett is through to the semi-finals of the men’s wheelchair singles after beating World No.3 Gustavo Fernandez 6-1, 7-6(2).
The former Australian Open finalist came out all guns blazing, winning every point on his opponents serve to take the first set with ease.
Fernandez came back in the second, forcing Hewett to the tie-break, but couldn’t match the Brit’s attacking style as he added another two forehand winners to end the match, bringing his total to 33.
In the semi-finals he will face Stephane Houdet after the Frenchman defeated Gordon Reid 6-4, 6-1.
Both players struggled to hold in the opening set but at 4-4 Houdet kept his nerve and won a long deuce game on serve, before breaking to win the set. It was all one way traffic from their as Reid failed to get any rhythm going and Houdet saw out the match in an hour and 14 minutes.
Andy Lapthorne made it three Brits into wheelchair singles semi-finals, winning a close contest with Donald Ramphadi 7-5, 6-3.
A finalist in Melbourne back in 2020, Lapthorne had to come back from 5-3 down in the first set, winning four games on the bounce to take the lead in a crucial period of the match. It was a similar story in the second set as Lapthorne turned it on at 3-3 to put the victory to bed.
His semi-final opponent will be either World No.1 Dylan Alcott or Niels Vink.
- Simone Bolelli (ITA) & Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt. Jamie Murray (GBR) & Bruno Soares (BRA) (8) 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-3
- Alfie Hewett (GBR) (2) bt. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 6-1, 7-6(2)
- Stephane Houdet (FRA) bt. Gordon Reid (GBR) 6-4, 6-1
- Lucy Shuker (GBR) bt. Zhenzhen Zhu (CHN) 6-2, 6-2
- Andy Lapthorne (GBR) bt. Donald Ramphadi 7-5, 6-3
Dan Evans was knocked out in the third round on the Australian Open after losing 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to ninth seed, Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The Canadian has started the season in impressive fashion, winning the ATP Cup with his country before edging a couple of close wins as he now moves on to the fourth round in Melbourne.
The first set was tightly poised, with both players starting at a high level. Evans looked to be serving well in the opening games but struggled to get much going when facing the tall Canadian’s serve – which proved to be a pivotal factor in the match.
Auger-Aliassime got the break he needed at 5-4 in the first set to take the lead and from there he quickly looked to put the second set out of reach as well, breaking on Evans’ opening service games.
The World No.9 used his serve to his effectively throughout. He won 91% of points on his first serve across all three sets – including 17 aces – and crucially found his shots when he needed them most to save three break points.
He wrapped up the match in an hour and 55 minutes, ending Evans’ best performance at the Australian Open since 2017.
Second seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram continue to impress in Melbourne as they defeated Marcus Daniell and Frederik Nielsen 6-1, 6-2 in only 57 minutes.
Salisbury and Ram – who won their first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2020 and reached the final last year – lost just 11 points on serve as they cruised through to the third round.
The British, American partnership will be particularly happy with their 21 winners to only three unforced errors in the match.
They will play Australians Dane Sweeny and Li Tu in the third round.
Heather Watson, Ken Skupski, Dom Inglot and Neal Skupski all lost doubles matches early on day six across the men's, women's and mixed draws.
Watson, who was playing with Jasmine Paolini in the second round of the women’s doubles, was knocked out by the young Ukrainian duo, Marta Kostyuk and Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 6-3.
The British, Italian team were broken late in both sets as the Ukrainian team proved too strong on the day – hitting 25 winners past Watson and Paolini
Ken Skupski and Dom Inglot were also defeated in their men’s doubles second round clash against Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan 7-5, 6-3.
Klaasen and McLachlan – who won their first title together at the Citi Open in Washington last year – continued their impressive start in Melbourne, coming through a difficult match against the Brits. The pair proved the most clinical on the biggest points in the match, saving the only two break points they faced and capitalising on 50% of the opportunities they created.
Finally, it wasn’t to be for Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, Neal Skupski, who bowed out in the opening round of the mixed with Storm Sanders – losing 6-3, 7-6(8) to Ena Shibahara and Ben McLachlan.
Skupski and Sanders were playing together for only the first time as a pair and struggled against the Japanese pair’s serve – losing 88% of points on first serve throughout the match. The loss means there are no Brits left in the mixed doubles draw this year.
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) (9) bt. Dan Evans (GBR) (24) 6-4, 6-1, 6-1
- Joe Salisbury (GBR) & Rajeev Ram (USA) (2) bt. Marcus Daniell (NZL) & Frederik Nielsen (DEN) 6-1, 6-2
- Marta Kostyuk (UKR) & Dayana Yastremska (UKR) bt. Heather Watson (GBR) & Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-4, 6-3
- Raven Klaasen (RSA) & Ben McLachlan (JPN) (13) bt. Dom Inglot (GBR) & Ken Skuspki (GBR) 7-5, 6-3
- Ena Shibahara (JPN) & Ben McLachlan (JPN) (8) bt. Neal Skupski (GBR) & Storm Sanders (AUS) 6-3, 7-6(8)
Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares survived an early scare against fellow Brit Lloyd Glasspool and his partner, Harri Heliovaara, to win 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-1.
2016 Australian Open champions Murray and Soares had it all to do after going a break down in the first game of the match but managed to level the scores to force the tie-break.
After winning the breaker and with an upset against the eighth seeds on the cards, Glasspool and Heliovaara pushed on in the second set, holding serve with relative ease but were denied three break points. With little to split between the teams, they went to another tie-break, where Murray and Soares turned their game up a level.
After going 2-0 down, the British, Brazilian duo won seven points in a row to claim the set.
This sparked a huge shift in the match – Murray and Soares, full of confidence, got their first break of serve to begin the decider and never looked back. In the next round they face the winners of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini vs ninth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.
Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof look like the pair to beat at this year’s Australian Open as the British, Dutch partnership defeated Daniel Altmaier and Thiago Monteiro 6-1, 6-4.
Skupski and Koolhof continue their unbeaten run this season and have still only lost a single set across three events so far this year.
The 10th seeds were dominant in the opening set, winning 80% of points facing their opponents second serve as they broke twice for a comfortable lead.
Although Altmaier and Monteiro grew into the match and had chances of their own to break and take the lead in the second, the match never looked in doubt. After taking a 4-3 lead, Skupski and Koolhof both won service games to love, rounding off the win in an hour and 11 minutes.
They will next play the winners of Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam Ul Hal Qureshi vs Marcos Giron and Soonwoo Kwon.
Joe Salisbury and Desirae Krawczyk lost a close battle with Giuliana Olmos and Marcelo Arevalo 6-7(9), 6-4, 10-5 in the first round of the mixed doubles.
The 2020 French and US Open champions held a set and 3-1 lead at one point in the match, but Olmos and Arevalo came back strong with a double break in the second, before racing to a 6-1 lead in the match tie-break.
Jonny O'Mara and Andrei Vasilevski are out of the men's doubles draw after losing to third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-3.
O'Mara and Vasilevski - who only played and won their first match together this week - put up a strong fight against the two-time Grand Slam finalists, but early breaks in both sets gave the pair too big of a challenge to come back from.
- Jamie Murray (GBR) & Bruno Soares (BRA) (8) bt. Llyod Glasspool (GBR) & Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-1
- Neal Skupski (GBR) & Wesley Koolhof (NED) (10) bt. Daniel Altmaier (GER) and Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-1, 6-4
- Giuliana Olmos (MEX) & Marcelo Arevalo (ELS) bt. Joe Salisbury (GBR) & Desirae Krawczyk (USA) (1) 6-7(9), 6-4, 10-5
- Marcel Granollers (ESP) & Horacio Zeballos (ARG) (3) bt. Jonny O'Mara (GBR) & Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) 6-3 6-3
Emma Raducanu is out of the Australian Open after losing to Montengro’s Danka Kovinic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
As in her first-round match against Sloane Stephens, Raducanu got off to another blistering start, racing to a 3-0 lead over the Montenegrin.
But there were slightly worrying signs for Raducanu though who was struggling with calluses on her hand, causing her intensity to dip. Kovinic seized the opportunity to claw her way back into the set and in what felt like a matter of moments levelled the scores and eventually pulled away to a 5-3 lead.
The 19-year-old broke back but couldn’t take advantage on serve – winning only 21% points on her first serve in the opening set – and Kovinic went a set to the good.
The second set began in a similar vein to the first – an early break from Raducanu providing the platform she needed to bounce back. Momentum threatened to shift back in favour of Kovinic as she broke for 4-4, setting up the tightest period of the match. But Raducanu dug deep to hold her off, winning the last two games and levelling the scores at one set apiece.
Raducanu’s serving difficulties returned again in the deciding set. After the Brit broke back for 3-2, Kovinic got a lucky net cord, followed by an easy lob to edge ahead. This time she made her lead count – serving out the match to beat the US Open champion in two hours and 36 minutes.
Andy Murray went out in the second round of the Australian Open after losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Taro Daniel in two hours and 49 minutes.
Daniel denied Murray what would have been his 50th Australian Open win, in a tough battle for both players out on the John Caine Arena.
Daniel took charge early in the first set, battling his way through a lengthy Murray service game at 1-1 to take the lead and punished the Brit again after Murray had managed to level the scores at 3-3.
The Japanese star wrapped up the first set, only to face an onslaught of pressure to start the second. Murray had four break points in what felt like a huge moment in the match but time and time again, Daniel held on, frustrating Murray with his relentless consistency.
With his confidence growing with every game, Daniel launched an attack on the Brit’s serve, getting the only break he needed to win the second set.
Trying to fire himself up in the third set and roaring to the crowd, Murray continued to hold and push Daniel around the court – but the World No.120 wouldn’t give an inch, always managing to find the extra ball when he needed it most.
In one of the best performances of his career, Daniel’s level barely dropped. He only hit 21 unforced errors to Murray’s 49, which proved to be a decisive factor as he beat the five-time Australian Open finalist for the first time in his career.
Dan Evans progressed through to the third round with a walkover against France’s Arthur Rinderknech.
Rinderknech was forced to withdraw ahead of the match with a wrist injury sustained during his five-set opening round match against Alexei Popyrin.
The 24th seed is now just one match away from equalling his career best performance in Melbourne – reaching the fourth round in 2017.
Evans will face the winner of Felix Auger Aliassime vs Davidovich Fokina on Saturday.
Heather Watson is out of the Australian Open singles draw after losing 7-6(4), 6-4 to 29th seed Tamara Zidansek in an hour and 48 minutes.
Both players struggled to find rhythm on serve throughout the match with a total of nine breaks of serve – including four back-to-back to start the first set.
Watson had a set point opportunity to take the lead facing the Slovenian’s serve, but Zidansek held on to force the tie-break.
After losing the tie-break, Watson came back strong and pulled ahead in the second with an early break to gain a 2-1 advantage. But again she couldn’t hold on to the lead tell on serve – winning only 50% of points on her first serve and 33% on her second – as Zidansek fought her way back in to the second set.
The British No.2 broke Zidansek as she served for the match but the Slovenian sealed the win with her fifth break of the match.
Dom Inglot and Ken Skupski got off to a winning start in Melbourne, defeating Tallon Griekspoor and Andrea Vavassori 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Playing together in only their sixth match, Inglot and Skupski showed great strength to come back from a set down to win only their second match together in their careers.
Both Brits are former quarter-finalists at the Australian Open but will face a tough challenge to equal that feat this year – they play 13th seeds Raven Klassen and Ben McLachlan next with a potential clash with fourth seeds. Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on the horizon.
It was easier work for Jonny O'Mara who joined Andrei Vasilevski for only the first time to beat John Millman and Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 6-2.
An impressive display from the British, Belarusian duo sets them up with a second round match against third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
- Danka Kovinic (MNE) bt. Emma Raducanu (17) (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
- Taro Daniel (JPN) bt. Andy Murray (GBR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
- Dan Evans (24) (GBR) bt. Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) Walkover
- Tamara Zidansek (29) (SLO) bt. Heather Watson (GBR) 7-6(4), 6-4
- Dom Inglot (GBR) & Ken Skupski (GBR) bt. Tallon Griekspoor (NED) & Andrea Vavassori (ITA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
- Jonny O'Mara (GBR) & Andrei Vasilevski (BLR) bt. John Millman (AUS) & Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-2, 6-2
Jamie Murray and his doubles partner Bruno Soares were the first pairing to reach the second round with a straight sets win against the Australian duo of James Duckworth and Marc Polmans. Murray and Soares, the number 8 seeds for the tournament, won through 6-3, 6-2. They broke early in the second, racing to a 5-1 lead before taking the set 6-2.
Neal Skupski and his partner Wesley Koolhof from the Netherlands’ continued their fine start to 2022 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Benoit Paire & Romain Arneodo. The duo have already won both the ATP250 warm up event in Melbourne and the Adelaide International this month prior to the start of the Australian Open.
Heather Watson, who won through her first round singles tie on day two, continued her fine start to the Australian Open, securing her place in the second round of the women’s doubles. Watson and her Italian partner Jasmine Paolini battled hard over three sets to secure the win. Watson and Paolini took the first set in a tie break against their Australian opponents Alexandra Bozovic & Olivia Tjandramulia, before losing the second set 4-6. The doubles pairing dug deep in the third set and were not to be denied, winning through 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2.
The runners up in 2021 are through to round two following a straight sets win against Nikoloz Basilashvili & Miomir Kecmanovic 6-3, 6-3. The number two seeded pairing of Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram went about their business fairly swiftly, completing the win in 57 minutes.
Two Brits will meet in the second round of the men’s doubles with Lloyd Glasspool and his doubles partner Harri Heliovaara set to meet Murray and Soares in the next round following their opening round win against Federico Coria & Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-3. Glasspool, who is in his second overseas Grand Slam appearance, takes to the courts in Melbourne at a career high in the ATP world rankings, having broken into the world’s top 100 doubles players for the first time last summer.
Qualifying for the main draw of the Juniors event commenced on day three with Louis Bowden winning his qualifying round one match and is just one win away from the main draw. Patrick Brady lost in his round one qualifying match and bows out of the tournament.
- Jamie Murray (8) (GBR) & Bruno Soares (8) (BRA) bt. James Duckworth (AUS) & Marc Polmans (AUS) 6-3, 6-2,
- Neal Skupski (10) (GBR) & Wesley Koolhof (10) (NED) bt. Benoit Paire (FRA) & Romain Arneodo (MON) 6-1, 6-4
- Heather Watson (GBR) & Jasmine Paolini (ITA) bt. Alexandra Bozovic (AUS) & Olivia Tjandramulia (AUS) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2
- Joe Salisbury (2) (GBR) & Rajeev Ram (2) (USA) bt. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) & Miomir Kecmanovic (SEB) 6-3, 6-3
- Lloyd Glasspool (GBR) & Harri Heliovaara (FIN) bt. Federico Coria (ARG) & Albert Ramos-Vinolas (SPN) 6-3, 6-3
Junior Boy's Singles Qualifying
- Louis Bowden (GBR) bt. Jonas Hahn (AUS) 6-2, 6-2
- Rohan Murali (USA) bt. Patrick Brady (GBR) 6-4, 4-6, 6-6(7)
- Andy Murray wins five-set battle against 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashivili.
- Emma Raducanu claims debut win in Melbourne 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 over Sloane Stephens.
- Dan Evans beats Davis Goffin 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 in opening round clash
- Heather Watson books her place in the second round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 win over Mayar Sherif.
- Liam Broady loses out to Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
- Harriet Dart's campaign comes to an end after losing 6-3, 6-0 to seventh seed Iga Swiatek.
- Cam Norrie bows out against rising star Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 on day one.
Emma Raducanu produced one of the standout performances of the day in the last match on the Margaret Court Arena, defeating America’s Sloane Stephens 6-0, 2-6, 6-1.
In a battle between two former US Open champions, Raducanu showed great mental strength to power through in an hour and 46 minutes and reach the second-round. Awaiting her is Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic who came through a three-set match against Su Jeong Jang.
It took Raducanu only 17 minutes to seal the first set. The young Brit was on fire – hitting seven winners to only two unforced errors and losing just four points as she took the lead.
But after Raducanu’s intense start to the match, Stephens managed to edge her way back in contention from the start of the second set. Raducanu managed to level the scores at 2-2 but struggled to keep momentum going on serve as the World No.67 continued to grow in confidence. Stephens went on to win the following four games and saw out the set.
One of Raducanu’s best traits during her US Open and Wimbledon runs last year was her fighting spirit and ability to shine in the biggest moments. This match was no exception.
Where many players may have struggled to regain their form, Raducanu seemingly flipped the switch and once again brought the power-led attacking display she showed in the first set. Stephens couldn’t find the answers with everything the Brit touched turning to gold, and with that, Raducanu bagged her first career win in Melbourne.
Andy Murray came through a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 thriller in three hours an 55 minutes to upset 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on day two.
Murray – who has been involved in a five-set match at seven of his last nine Grand Slam events – beat the Georgian for the third time in two years to clinch a place in the second round, where he will face Japan’s Taro Daniel.
It was the perfect start for the five-time Australian Open runner-up who instantly looked to take a hold of the match. After an exchange of holds Murray, won five games in a row, losing only four points to take a one set lead.
In a match of many twists and turns, the big-hitting Georgian bounced back in the second, blasting 16 winners past Murray to level the scores. But Murray kept a cool head and soon enough had his lead back after Basilashvili hit 25 unforced errors in a frustrating third set for the World No.23.
A high quality fourth set saw the pair go toe-to-toe once again as Murray battled hard from a break down to force the tie-break. With his tournament on the line, Basilashvili raced to a 5-1 lead and held off the Murray comeback to force the decider.
The final set looked to be going all Murray’s way after the former World No.1 took a 3-0 but Basilashivili clawed his way back into the match for 4-4 and momentum had seemingly got away from the Brit. But Murray saved his best for last, setting up three match points on the Georgians serve which he took on the third time of asking.
24th seed and British No.2 Dan Evans got off to a flying start at the Australian Open, defeating former World No.7 David Goffin 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.
Evans will next face the winner of Alexei Popyrin and Arthur Rinderknech.
Evans extended his winning record against the Belgian to three after an impressive display on day two. With the set locked up on serve in opening set, Evans needed just one chance to take the lead, winning his first and only break point to make it 6-4.
Goffin showed signs of life in the second as he broke Evans back to level the scores at 3-3, but in the end he couldn’t match the Brit’s level. In what could have been a turning point in the match, Evans spurred on – not only breaking straight back, but winning the next nine games on the spin in an emphatic performance.
The win continues Evans’ strong start to the season which has seen his defeat the likes of Denis Shapovalov and John Isner, as well as reaching the semi-finals in Sydney last week.
Heather Watson became the first British singles player through to the second round after defeating Egypt’s Mayar Sherif 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in two hours and 16 minutes.
The British No.2 started strongly, breaking Sherif in the opening game of the match to take an early advantage and served out the set without facing a break point.
Sherif, who currently ranks over 30 places higher than Watson came back in the second set and despite giving up a break lead, managed to level the score at 1-1. But after an exchange of breaks at the start of the third, Watson began to pull away, winning four consecutive games and adding to her tally of 40 winners to see out the match.
Watson goes through to the second round for the fifth time in her career and will face 29th seed Tamara Zidansek, who she lost a close three-set battle against in Adelaide last week.
Liam Broady bowed out of the Australian Open after losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to home-favourite, Nick Kyrgios, on the John Caine Arena.
Broady – who came through qualifying to reach the main draw for the first time this year – put in an encouraging performance against the Australian maverick but couldn’t prevent Kyrgios from getting his first win since July 2021.
Broady looked slightly nervy on the big stage in the opening points of the match but found his feet after going a break down.
Kyrgios serve was the difference maker throughout the match – he lost only four points on serve in the opening set and unleashed 21 aces in the match.
The British star was broken again in the first game of the second set and then again early in the third, which all but sealed his fate in a tough first round encounter.
Harriet Dart started a busy day’s action for the Brits on the Rod Laver Arena where she lost to seventh seed and former French Open champion Iga Swiatek 6-3, 6-0.
Dart got off to a decent start and broke early and took a 3-1 lead in the first set but it didn’t take long for Swiatek to impose her quality on the match.
The 20-year-old went on to win the next 11 games on the bounce to wrap up the match in stunning fashion and deny Dart what would have been her second appearance in round two.
- Emma Raducanu (17) (GBR) bt. Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
- Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt. Liam Broady (GBR) 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
- Dan Evans (24) (GBR) bt. David Goffin (BEL) 6-4, 6-3, 6-0
- Andy Murray (GBR) bt. Nikoloz Basilashvili (21) (GEO) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4
- Heather Watson (GBR) bt. Mayar Sherif (EGY) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
- Iga Swiatek (POL) bt. Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-3, 6-0
British No.1 Cam Norrie is out of the Australian Open after losing his first-round clash against Sebastian Korda 6-3, 6-0, 6-4.
Norrie – who was the first and only Brit to play on day one in Melbourne – struggled to find his rhythm against the 21-year-old American, particularly on serve. The 12th seed lost his opening service game in each set, giving himself little chance to get ahead in the match.
Like Norrie, Korda had a breakthrough season in 2021 and his impressive performance demonstrated why he’s one of the most touted young talents on the tour. Having won his first title in Parma, as well as finishing runner-up at the ATP Next Gen Finals last year, this always looked like one of the most difficult opening match-ups Norrie could draw.
Korda hit 12 winners in the first set alone to get the early lead and never looked back – wrapping up the match in an hour and 43 minutes and only losing seven games in total.
Six Brits are set to play on day two in Melbourne with Emma Raducanu, Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Liam Broady all in an action packed line-up.
- Sebastian Korda (USA) bt. Cam Norrie (12) (GBR) 6-3, 6-0, 6-4