British Tennis Round-up: Semi-final success for Brits across the globe


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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in action at 2017 Indian Wells

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Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray teamed up with Bruno Soares for the first time since SW19 to reach the semi-finals of the Citi Open. The third seeds sealed their spot in the final four of the ATP 500 tournament following an epic 2-6, 6-3 [19-17] victory over America’s James Cerretani and Mark Polmans of Australia.

The pair were denied a place in the final after falling 6-7(4), 7-5 [10-8] to top seeds and eventual champions John Peers of Australia and Finland’s Henri Kontinen.

Meanwhile in the WTA International tournament, Joss Rae followed suit after partnering Australia’s Jessica Moore. The pair edged into the semi-finals with a 7-6(1), 6-3 win against America’s Louisa Chirico and Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, but bowed out with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to second seeds and final champions Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic and Japan’s Shuko Aoyama of Japan.

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Hot on the heels of clinching his first ATP Challenger title, Cameron Norrie maintained his impressive form by sailing into the final four of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships.

The 21-year-old stormed past Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals but fell 6-1, 6-1 to Australian third seed John Millman in the semis.

There was also success for Luke Bambridge who reached the same stage of the doubles event with Ireland’s David O’Hare. The third seeds secured a 6-4, 6-2 win against American duo Tristan McCormick and Trey Yates, but missed out on making the final following a 6-2, 6-4 loss to eventual Australian champions Alex Bolt and Max Purcell.  


In similar semi-final fashion in Segovia, Scott Clayton and Jonny O’Mara made the final four of their first overseas ATP Challenger. The pair defeated Christian Garin of China and Spain’s Sergio Gornes Martos 6-4, 1-6 [10-6], but fell 4-6, 6-3 [10-7] to final champions Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain and Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky.  


Emily Arbuthnott reunited with Denmark’s Emilie Francati to win the doubles of $15,000 Porto. The pair battled past top seeds Sara Cakarevic of France and Michaela Honcova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-0 in the semi-finals before claiming their second title as a doubles team with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Italian second seeds Gaia Sanesi and Lucrezia Stefanini. 

Successful reunion 😉👊🏆

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Samm Butler and Andrew Watson joined forces for a solid run in the Slovakia F2 Futures and sailed into the final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakians David Damian Brna and Marek Lukacovic. The Brits finished runners up after falling 6-4, 6-4 to French fourth seeds Sebastien Boltz and Gregoire Jacq. 

Great Britain

Back on home soil, the world’s best wheelchair players battled it out at the 2017 British Open, hosted at Nottingham Tennis Centre.

There was doubles delight for Lucy Shuker who partnered France’s Stephane Houdet to become mixed doubles champions. The pair sealed a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the final against British compatriot Alfie Hewett and his American partner Dana Mathewson.

Reigning French Open champion Hewett also made the men’s singles final after a thrilling three-sets victory against fellow Brit Gordon Reid, but he narrowly missed out in the final with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Argentina’s world No.1 Gustavo Fernandez.

Meanwhile in the men’s quad singles, Andy Lapthorne enjoyed his own run into the final but finished runner-up to world No.1 David Wagner after falling 6-3, 6-1.

Catch up on all the British Open action with the Tennis Foundation’s full report of results.  

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