20 January - 2 February 2020

Australian Open

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Australian Open: Daily updates from Down Under

  • 02/02/2020

  • Australian Open

Day 14

The final day of the Australian Open was a memorable one for Joe Salisbury, who won his first Grand Slam title teamed up with American partner Rajeev Ram. 

The pair took on Australian wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville in the men's doubles final and sailed to a 6-4, 6-2 triumph. The eleventh seeds, who have only dropped one set throughout the tournament, clinched the final without even facing a break point. 

Salisbury told the BBC: "It feels surreal - I'm so, so happy. We believed deep down we could do it, but now it has actually happened, it is amazing."

The 27-year-old from Putney will now rise to a new career-high ranking of world No.4. 

Just a day after winning the wheelchair doubles title with compatriot Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid returned to Melbourne Park for his singles final against Shingo Kunieda. Reid, who lifted the title in 2016, put up a good fight before falling 6-4, 6-4 to the Japanese top seed. 

Day 13

The penultimate day of the Australian Open saw Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Andy Lapthorne finish as runners-up in their respective finals. 

2018 and 2019 US Open champions Murray and Mattek-Sands narrowly missed out on lifting their third mixed doubles Grand Slam title together after falling 5-7, 6-4, [10-1] to fifth seeds Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikov. 

Reflecting on their epic run, Murray told the BBC: "We have had a lot of success but more importantly a lot of fun. We'll try and come back next year and get a win."

New world No.1 Lapthorne was denied his third quad singles Grand Slam title after falling 6-0, 6-4 to top seed Dylan Alcott. After the match, he had some inspirational words to his fans in Australia and those back at home...

There will be two more Brits in action on the final day of action at Melbourne Park as Gordon Reid takes on Shingo Kunieda at 00:00 GMT (Sunday) in the men's wheelchair singles final, and Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram face Aussie wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville in the mens' doubles final. 

Day 12 

The final Friday at Melbourne Park was an epic one for the Brits, with trophy lifting moments and semi-final successes. 

Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands kicked off proceedings with a 6-3, 7-6(4) triumph over Aussies Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith. The pair, who won the US Open in 2018 and 2019, will face fifth seeds Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova on Saturday's final (09:45 GMT).

Next up was Jordanne Whiley and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji, who faced Dutch top seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek Van Koot in the women's wheelchair doubles final. The duo became 10-time Grand Slam doubles champions together after sailing to a 6-2, 6-4 victory and the result marked Jordanne's first Grand Slam title since becoming a mum. 

A similar fortune followed for Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid, who lifted their seventh Grand Slam title together after battling past French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer 4-6, 6-4, [10-7]. 

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In the quad singles, Andy Lapthorne clinched his second round-robin win by beating Heath Davison 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(5). He will take on Dylan Alcott in the final on Saturday (04:00 GMT) and will be hoping to turn the tables following his defeat to the Australian on Thursday. 

Finally, Matilda Mutavdzic and her Slovenian partner Ziva Falkner's brilliant run finished as runners-up to fourth seeds Alexandra Eala and Priska Madelyn Nugroh in the girls' doubles final. 

 

Day 11

The eleventh day of the Australian Open was a special one for Joe Salisbury who secured a spot in his first ever Grand Slam final. 

Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram battled back from a set down to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin and Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. 

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They will take on Australian wild cards Luke Saville and Max Purcell in Sunday's final, 04:00 GMT. 

There was also good news for Gordon Reid who reached his second singles final in Melbourne Park. The 2016 champion powered past Joachim Gerard 6-4, 7-5 to seal a place in the final against Shingo Kunieda. The Japanese top seed earlier ended Alfie Hewett's run by capturing a 6-3, 6-3 semi-final win. 

Gordon and Alfie returned for doubles action as they took on Gustavo Fernandez and Kuneida. After a determined 7-6(2), 6-3, [10-7] victory, they earned their place in the final where they will take on top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. 

Jordanne Whiley and Yui Kamiji also enjoyed semi-final success as they sailed past second seeds Sabine Ellerbrock and Kgothatso Montjane 6-1, 6-4 to set up a final against Dutch top seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek Van Koot.

Matilda Mutavdzic and her Slovenian partner Ziva Falkner was the fourth Brit on Thursday to reach a final. The duo dug deep to defeat Savannah Broadus and Elizabeth Coleman 6-4, 4-6, [10-6].  The pair will take on fourth seeds Alexandra Eala and Priska Madelyn Nugroho for the girls' doubles title. 

In the boys' doubles, British duo Arthur Fery and Felix Gill narrowly missed out on making the final after falling 6-4, 6-7(4), [10-7] to sixth seeds Mikolaj Lorens and Karlis Ozolins. 

Finally, it was a tough day for new world No.1 Andy Lapthorne who fell to top seed Dylan Alcott in his second round-robin match. Teamed up with David Wagner in the quad doubles final, he faced Alcott for a second time in a day with his fellow Australian Heath Davidson, with the Aussies clinching the title after a 6-4, 6-3 win. 

Day 10

Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands sealed a semi-final spot with a dominant 6-3, 6-4 win over Joran Vliegen and Zheng Saisai. The 2018 and 2019 US Open champions will face either Iga Swiatek and Lukasz Kubot or Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith for a place in the final. 

Newly crowned world No.1 Andy Lapthorne kickstarted his quad wheelchair singles campaign with a 6-3,7-6(6) victory over David Wagner. The two-time singles Grand Slam champion will next take on Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson in his remaing round-robin clashes. The top two players from the round-robin will proceed to the final. 

Lapthorne will also be in action on Thursday for his quad doubles final, as he teams up with Wagner to take on Alcott and Davidson for the title. Victory for the Anglo-American duo would see them clinch their fourth Australian Open title together. 

In the men's wheelchair singles, Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid both started their runs strong with victories to advance to the semi-finals. Reigning US Open champion Hewett eased past Stephane Houdet 6-3, 6-4 to set up a final-four clash with top seed Shingo Kunieda, whilst Gordon Reid resisted a comeback from second seed Gustavo Fernandez to prevail 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2. He will take on Joachim Gerard next. If Hewett and Reid both clinch semi-final wins, they will set up an all-British singles final. 

The pair, who have lifted five Grand Slam doubles trophies together, will also begin their men’s doubles title bid on Thursday when they face Fernandez and Kunieda.

Jordanne Whiley was also in action on Wednesday, but suffered a tight 6-2,7-6(5) loss to second seed and doubles partner Yui Kamiji. The duo will return to action in the women’s doubles semi-finals on Thursday as they begin their quest for a tenth Grand Slam title together.

Britain's top juniors also enjoyed some strong results as Arthur Fery and Felix Gill beat third seeds Shunsuke Mitsui and Bu Yunchaokete 6-2, 7-6(6) to secure a semi-final clash with sixth seeds Mikolaj Lorens and Karlis Ozolins. 

Matilda Mutavdzic and her Slovenian partner Ziva Falkner also made a semi-final as they sailed past Fatima Ingrid Amartha Keita and Shavit Kimchi 6-3, 6-1. They will play Savannah Broadus and Elizabeth Coleman for a place in the final. 

Day 9 

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram's seamless Australian Open run continued as the pair captured a solid quarter-final win to reach the final four without dropping a single set. 

The 11th seeds defeated Jan-Lennard Struff and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 and will face Mikhail Kukushkin and Alexander Bublik for a place in the final. 

Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands also prevailed, moving past Jelena Ostapenko and Leander Paes 6-2, 7-5. 

Meanwhile, it was the end of the road for Ken Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez as their strong campaign finished with a quarter-final loss to Australian wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville. Jonny O'Mara and Marcelo Arevalo also suffered a defeat in their final-eight clash against fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek. 

In the juniors, Arthur Fery and Felix Gill reached the quarter-finals of the boys' doubles with a straightforward 6-3, 6-2 victory over Peter Fajta and Sebastian Gima. The British seventh seeds will now take on third seeds Shunsuke Mitsui and Bu Yunchaokete for a semi-final spot. 

Finally, Matilda Mutavdzic and her Slovenian partner Ziva Falkner also secured a quarter-final berth in the girls' doubles. The pair fought back from a set down to beat Eva Lys and Amarissa Kiara Toth 3-6, 6-2, [10-7] and will go on to play Fatima Ingrid Amartha Keita and Shavit Kimchi. 

Day 8 

Sunday saw two Brits reach the quarter-finals of the men's doubles with Joe Salisbury and Ken Skupski both clinching impressive wins. 

Salisbury and Rajeev Ram defeated sixth seeds Horacio Zeballos and Marcell Granollers 6-4, 7-6(11) to earn a final-eight clash with Jan-Lennard Struff and Henri Kontinen, and Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez beat 16th seeds Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-4. They will face Australian pairing Max Purcell and Luke Saville for a place in the semi-finals. 

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Meanwhile in the mixed doubles, Neal Skupski and Su-Wei Hsieh suffered a tight second round loss to Saisai Zheng and Joran Vliegen. The eighth seeds fell 3-6, 6-3, [11-9]. 

In the juniors, Arthur Fery battled into the third round of the boys' singles with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory over 14th seed Hanwen Li. The 17-year-old will go on to play Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard in the third round. 

In the girls' doubles, Matilda Mutavdzic and her Slovenian partner Ziva Falkner advanced to the second round with a 2-6, 6-4, [10-8] win over Saki Imamura and Erika Matsuda, whilst Amarni Banks and her Russian partner Erika Andreeva missed out on making the second round with a 4-6, 6-3, [10-6] loss to top seeds Kamilla Bartone and Linda Fruhvirtova.

Day 7

Jonny O’Mara reached an impressive milestone on day seven of the Australian Open by moving into his first Grand Slam quarter-final. Jonny and partner Marcelo Arevalo powered past No.7 seeds Peers & Venus 6-4, 7-6(7) to secure their place in the final eight.

US Open Champions Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands got their mixed doubles campaign off to brilliant start after battling past No.1 seeds Strycova and Melo 3-6, 6-4, 10-7. 

In the juniors it was a tough day for the girls as Amarni Banks fell to Kostenko 6-3, 6-3 and Matilda Mutavdzic lost out to Kasintseva 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. It was better news in the boys’ doubles as No.7 seeds Felix Gill & Arthur Fery beat Crowther & Hanchaikul 6-1, 6-4.

Day 6

Saturday at the Australian Open saw six Brits in action as the juniors got underway at Melbourne Park.

Up first in the men’s doubles, Ken Supski and Santiago Gonzalez produced a big upset knocking out the No.2 seeds Kubot and Melo with a 7-5, 7-6 win. Ken and Santiago now face No.16 seeds Krajicek and Skugor for a place in the quarter-finals.

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram joined Ken in the third round after a dominant 6-3, 6-3 win over American duo Sandgren and Withrow. However Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski’s run in Australia ended in a tight 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(12) loss to another American pair Johnson and Querrey.

It was a mixed day for the juniors as the competition began with Arthur Fery recording a strong 6-2, 6-4 win over Italian Gramaticopolo before Felix Gill fell to Agafonov 6-2, 7-6.

Day 5

GB Davis Cup stars Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski kickstarted their Australian Open campaign with a dominant 6-4, 6-4 win over Hubert Hurkacz and Vasek Pospisil. They will go on to play American duo Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey for a place in the third round. 

Skupski returned to court shortly after with WTA doubles world No.3 Su-Wei Hsieh and the pair got their mixed doubles run off to a strong start with a 7-6(5), 5-7, [10-5] win over fellow Brit Joe Salisbury and America's Desirae Krawczyk. 

It was also a good day in the office for Jonny O'Mara and Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador, who secured their place in the third round with a battling 5-6, 7-5, 7-6(11) win over 12th seeds Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. They will face seventh seeds John Peers and Michael Venus next. 

Day 4

The first Thursday of the Australian Open saw six Brits in action across singles, men's and mixed doubles. 

British No.2 Heather Watson fell 6-3, 6-0 to 16th seed Elise Merteens, whilst Harriet Dart's impressive run also came to an end as fourth seed Simona Halep captured a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Speaking to the BBC, Harriet reflected: "To have a good level match against one of the top players is something I can only look at as a positive."

There was success for Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram, who defeated Dan Evans and Australia's own John-Patrick Smith 6-1, 7-6(3), and Ken Skupski and Mexico's Santiago Gonzalez battled past Kwon Soon-woo and John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4). 

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Auckland Open champions Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan missed out on making the second round as they suffered a tight 7-6(4), 7-5 loss to tenth seeds Bruno Soares and Mate Pavic. 

Day 3

Heather Watson joined Harriet Dart in the second round of the women's singles with a battling three-set win over Kristyna Pliskova. 

The British No.2 fought back from a set down to beat the world No.64 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in blustery conditions. She will next take on 16th seed Elise Mertens, who she defeated just a week ago in Hobart to reach the semi-finals. 

In men's action, British No.1 Dan Evans returned to Melbourne Park for his second round clash with Yoshihito Nishioka, but it was the Japanese world No.1 who prevailed in three sets. 

Speaking to the BBC after his loss, Evans - who was playing with his first Grand Slam seeding - said: "It's been a long few weeks since pre-season. I've been away a long time and I didn't feel great."

Meanwhile as doubles kicked off, Jonny O'Mara and Marcelo Arevalo sailed past Hugo Dellien and Juan Ignacio Londero 6-3, 6-2 to secure a spot in the second round, whilst Dom Inglot and Aisum-ul Haq Qureshi put up a strong fight against eighth seeds Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau, before falling 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.   

Day 2 

The second day of main draw action at Melbourne Park saw five Brits in opening round singles action, with Harriet Dart, Kyle Edmund, Johanna Konta, Katie Boulter and Cam Norrie al bidding to reach the second round.

12th seed Johanna Konta was up first against Ons Jabeur, but fell 6-4, 6-2 to the inspired Tunisian. Then Kyle Edmund resumed his clash with Lajovic, who proved too strong and ended the 2018 semi-finalist's hopes with a tight 7-6(7), 3-6, 7-6(4) win.

12 months on from securing her first main draw Australian Open win, Katie Boulter returned and faced fifth seed Elina Svitolina. Boulter pushed the Ukrainian hard, but narrowly missed out after falling 6-4, 7-5. Nevertheless, she showed positive signs for the upcoming season whilst she still continues to make her comeback to the tour from injury. 

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British No.2 Cam Norrie took on Pierre-Hugues Herbert and treated fans on Court 15 to a five-set thriller, but it was the Frenchman who secured a second round berth with a 7-5, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory. 

Harriet Dart was the final Brit to play after successfully qualifying for the Grand Slam last week. Up against Japan's Misaki Doi, she showed her resilience by battling back from a set down to clinch the second, and forced a championship tie-break in the decider. Despite finding herself at 5-1 down, she went on to win nine of the final ten points to prevail 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) and reach the second round for the first time in her career. 

 I stuck to my gameplan and I was very composed

Looking back on her win with the BBC, Dart reflected: "It's a long tie-break so I told myself to pace myself and keep it together emotionally. I stuck to my gameplan and I was very composed."

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The British world No.164 will face fourth seed and two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the second round. 

Heather Watson is the final Brit to play for a place in the second round, taking on Kristyna Pliskova at 00:00 (GMT), Wednesday 22 January. Dan Evans will also return to Melbourne Park for his second round clash against Yoshihito Nishioka at 01:15 (GMT). 

Day 1

Dan Evans kickstarted his Australian Open campaign with a thrilling five-set win over America's Mackenzie McDonald. The British No.1, who is playing with his first Grand Slam seeding following his recent fantastic form, battled back from two sets down to defeat the world No.129 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. 

Kyle Edmund was up next against Dusan Lajovic and went 5-2 ahead in the opening set before rain suspended rain for the day... 

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