2019 Australian Open: Daily updates from Melbourne Park

25/01/2019

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Day 12

Lucy Shuker and her South African partner Kgothatso Montjane put in a supreme effort in a bid to reach their first Australian Open women’s wheelchair doubles final together, but ultimately just missed out to No. 2 seeds Marjolein Buis and Sabine Ellerbrock.

Joining forces for the second year in a row at Melbourne Park, Shuker and Montjane stormed into a 5-0 lead before taking the opening set. Having lost the second set, the pair then battled back from 6-2 down in the deciding match tie-break but were unable to secure the victory as Buis and Ellerbrock eventually progressed 2-6, 6-1, [10-7].

Day 11

Appearing in his first Grand Slam semi-final, Neal Skupski and partner Martinez Sanchez couldn’t quite reach the final as they lost 6-0, 6-4 to No. 3 seeds Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova.

Bidding to reach the final of the men’s wheelchair doubles, three-time Wimbledon and two-time US Open champions, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, were unable to secure the win they were aiming for. Despite mounting a comeback in the second set, the duo couldn’t hold on as they succumbed 6-2, 7-5.

In the quad wheelchair doubles final, Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner were beaten in a very close match by Australian pair Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson 6-3, 6-7(8), [12-10]. Lapthorne was also defeated by Davidson in the second group match of the quad wheelchair singles 6-1, 6-1.

Day 10

Neal Skupski and Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez advanced to the semi-finals after an impressive display beating No. 1 seeds Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-1, 4-6, [11-9] in a match tie-break.

It wasn’t to be for Jamie Murray in the men’s doubles losing 6-3, 6-4 to Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australian John Peers. In the mixed doubles, Murray and Mattek-Sands lost a close encounter against Australian wildcards Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith 6-2, 7-6(5).

After great runs, Victoria Allen and Jacob Fearnley fell in the third round of the Junior Girls’ and Boys’ to Tikhonova and Alvarez Varona respectively.

It was a tough first day of wheelchair tennis with both Alfie Hewett and Lucy Shuker coming up against world No.1 ranked players and defending Australian Open champions.

Playing his first match since the US Open men’s singles final in September, Hewett recovered from 4-1 down in the second set against Shingo Kunieda, but ultimately lost out 6-1, 6-4. Meanwhile, Shuker suffered a 6-0, 6-0 defeat to Diede de Groot.

Gordon Reid also narrowly lost out to last year’s beaten finalist Stephane Houdet 7-6(8), 5-7, 6-2. 

Hewett, Reid and Shuker will be back in action on Thursday as they turn their attentions to Thursday’s doubles semi-finals.

Andy Lapthorne’s opening quad singles round-robin match against world No.2 David Wagner saw the Brit miss out in three sets and he next faces Australia’s Heath Davidson in his bid to keep alive his hopes of reaching the final. Lapthorne and Wagner now pair up in a bid to win their fourth quad doubles title in six years.

Day 9 

The juniors took centre stage for the Brits on Tuesday.

Jacob Fearnley put in an impressive performance to beat Australia’s Ken Cavrak 6-4, 7-5.

Meanwhile Harry Wendelken went down 6-2, 6-2 to Jiri Lehecka.

In the boys and girls doubles, Connor Thomson and Jacob Fearnley lost to No. 2 seeds Alvarez Varona & Jlanu 6-3, 6-7(4), [10-8], whilst Victoria Allen and Destinee Martins lost to No. 3 seeds Kawaguchi & Nagy 6-3, 6-0.

Tomorrow sees a number of Brits involved with Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski set to feature in the doubles. Wednesday also sees the start of the wheelchair singles. See the full match schedule below. 

Day 8

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares kept their hopes of a second Australian Open title alive as they progressed to the quarter-final stage of the men’s doubles. The No. 3 seeds saved three match points in the deciding set on their way to beating Kevin Krawietz and Nikola Mektic 6-7, 6-2, 7-5.

Murray is also through to the third round of the mixed doubles after he and partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Robert Lindstedt and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4. There was also success for Brit Neal Skupski and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez as they brushed aside Australian wildcard pair Jessica Moore and Andrew Whittington 6-4, 6-1.

Despite a very close match in which they took the lead against No. 5 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram eventually fell 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in the men’s doubles.

In round two of the juniors, there was joy for Victoria Allen as she progressed past Annerly Poulos 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(10-6), whilst Conor Thomson and Destinee Martins suffered narrow defeats.

Meanwhile, the wheelchair tennis draw was made today with Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne set to start their men's, women's and quad singles campaigns on Wednesday.

Day 7 

Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski and Dom Inglot began their mixed doubles campaigns on Sunday as Murray teamed up once again with America's Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Skupski partnered Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Inglot paired up with Sweden's Johanna Larsson. 

2018 US Open champions Murray and Mattek-Sands faced Mihaela Buzarnescu and Oliver Marach, and were 4-1 up in the opening set before their opponents were forced to retire. They will go on to play Robert Lindstedt and Kristina Mladenovic, who defeated Inglot and Larsson 6-2, 6-2. Skupski and Sanchez eased past Franko Skugor and Katarina Srebotnik 6-3, 6-3, and they will play Jessica Moore and Andrew Whittington in the second round. 

More British juniors were also in action as Jacob Fearnley and Harry Wendelken progressed to the second round of the boys' singles by defeating the 12th and 10th seeds respectively, whilst Emma Raducanu fell in her first-round girls' singles encounter. 

Victoria Allen and Destinee Martins, and Jacob Fearnley and Conor Thomson advanced to the second round of the girls' doubles and boys' doubles, but James Story and Wendelken narrowly missed out after losing the championship tie-break.

Day 6 

Sarurday saw six Brits in men's doubles action with Jamie Murray, Joe Salisbury,  Dom Inglot, Luke Bambridge, Jonny O'Mara and Cam Norrie all playing for spots in the third round. 

2016 champions Murray and Bruno Soares battled back from a set down to defeat Bambridge and O'Mara 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.  They will face Nikola Mektic and Kevin Krawietz on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals. 

Salisbury and Rajeev Ram eased past Fernando Verdasco and Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 and will go on to play French fifth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Monday. 

Inglot and Franko Skugor missed out on progressing after falling 6-3, 6-2 to Frederik Neilsen and Marcelo Demoliner, whilst Norrie and Taylor Fritzs lost a three-set thriller against Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow. 

The junior draw also kickstarted with Destinee Martins, Victoria Allen and qualifiers Conor Thomson and James Story all competing in opening round clashes. 

Martins, Allen and Thomson all secured spots in the second round, whilst Story fell to the 16th seed.  Keep up-to-date with all the British juniors in action here

Day 5

Dom Inglot and Franko Skugor got off to a flying start down under with a 7-5, 6-3 victory in their first round doubles match against Taro Daniel and John Millman. The No. 10 seeds put in an impressive display to setup a second round tie against Marcelo Demoliner and Frederik Nielsen.

It wasn’t to be for Neal and Ken Skupski in the second round of the men’s doubles. The brothers lost a hard-fought match to No. 12 seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-3, 6-4.

Harriet Dart and Anett Kontaveit also suffered defeat, losing 6-2, 6-4 to experienced pair Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson.

As well as the start of the mixed doubles and junior tournaments, Saturday sees British duo Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara take on fellow Brit Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares.

Day 4

It was five wins out of five for the Brits involved in doubles action.

2016 champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares kicked off proceedings with an exciting 6-4, 7-6(11) victory over Roman Jebavy and Andres Molteni. Their win sets up a second round tie with British duo Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara.

There were also wins for No. 11 seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram as they defeated Guido Pella and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-0, 6-4, whilst the Skupski brothers beat Australian pair James Duckworth and Jordan Thompson 6-3, 6-4.   

British No. 2 Cameron Norrie partnered with American Taylor Fritz, who the Brit beat in his run to the final in Auckland last week, to win a close match 7-6(7), 7-5 against Mirza Basic and Damir Dzumhur.

In the women’s doubles, Harriet Dart and Anett Kontaveit progressed to round two with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win over Australians Kimberly Birrell and Priscilla Hon.

In the women’s singles, Johanna Konta and No. 18 seed Garbine Muguruza contested a titanic battle. In a match that neither player deserved to lose, it was the Spaniard that eventually secured the victory 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5.

Day 3

There was doubles delight for Luke Bambridge and Jonny O’Mara as they progressed to the second round with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-1 win over Marius Copil and Marton Fucsovics.

It was a milestone moment for the pair as they secured their first Grand Slam victory overseas.

Elsewhere there was high praise for Dan Evans as he pushed reigning champion Roger Federer all the way in a 7-6(5), 7-6(3), 6-3 defeat.

Federer said, "It felt like playing in a mirror a little bit. That was the mindset I had - how would I play myself potentially."

Meanwhile Katie Boulter was unable to follow up her impressive first round win going down 6-3, 6-4 to World No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka.

In round one of the women’s doubles, Heather Watson and German partner Tatjana Maria lost to fourth seeds Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

Day 2

Johanna Konta boosted British hopes on the second day of the Australian Open beating Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic.

The British No. 1 won a final set tie-break to edge a very close encounter 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(7). Konta joins Katie Boulter and Dan Evans in round two and will face two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza.

"I competed hard and I'm happy I could compete on every single point. I'm happy to have stayed with her when she was playing well but also play tennis on my own terms." Konta said.  

Wednesday will see Boulter and Evans return to action as they play Aryna Sabalenka and Roger Federer respectively. There are also a number of Brits involved in the doubles with the likes of Jamie Murray, Heather Watson, Dom Inglot and the Skupski brothers set to start their campaigns.

Day 1

Katie Boulter and Dan Evans secured impressive victories in their opening round matches on the first day of main draw action at the Australian Open.

Making her Australian Open main draw debut, Katie Boulter came through a thrilling match against Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(6). In doing so, the British No. 2 made a piece of history winning the Australian Open’s first final set tiebreak. Boulter will face Belarussian No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the second round on Wednesday.

Evans won his first Grand Slam match in Melbourne since 2017 as he beat fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito 7-5, 6-1, 7-6(8). The victory sets up a tantalising second round tie against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for 3-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray. Despite a very close five set encounter in which Murray fought tooth and nail to the end, he eventually succumbed 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(4), 6-2 to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

There were defeats for fellow Brits Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie. Last year's semi-finalist Edmund fell to resurgent Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-0, 7-5. After making his first ATP Tour Final in Auckland last week, Norrie lost a close encounter to American Taylor Fritz 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-2.

Heather Watson and Harriet Dart also suffered defeat against Petra Martic and Maria Sharapova respectively. Watson fell 6-1, 6-2, with Dart, making her Australian Open debut, losing 6-0, 6-0.

Johanna Konta is the eighth and final Brit in singles action and is set to take on Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday.

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