British Tennis Round-up: Konta & Edmund dig deep Down Under, Murray makes Doha final

08/01/2018

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Johanna Konta in action at the 2018 Brisbane International

Australia

Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund kickstarted 2018 at the Brisbane International and showed plenty of promise ahead of the new season.

British No.1 Konta reached the quarter-finals after defeating US Open finalist Madison Keys and wild card Ajla Tomljanovic. She faced Ukrainian third seed Elina Svitolina in the final eight, but was forced to retire after receiving treatment on her hip at 3-2 down in the third set.

The world No.9 has since moved onto Sydney where she will bid to defend her Sydney International title. 

Brisbane 🔜 Sydney 🐨

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In the men’s singles, British No.2 Edmund also enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals following victories over rising star Denis Shapovalov and 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Chung Hyeon.

He met top seed and world No.3 Grigor Dimitrov in the quarters, but went over on his right ankle at 4-4 in the deciding set. After receiving treatment he picked himself back up but eventually fell 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-4.

The world No.50 decided to withdraw from this week’s Auckland Open as he continues to assess his injury ahead of the Australian Open.  

Qatar

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were in impressive form in Doha as they reached the doubles final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

#FlyingFeli #Lob #Defence #Doubles #Doha @felilopezoficial

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The top seeds overcame Feliciano Lopez and Rajeev Ram 6-3, 4-6, [10-6] to secure their spot in Friday’s final where they faced second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. Despite pushing a second set tiebreak, Murray and Soares were denied their seventh title together as they fell 6-2, 7-6(6).

The Brit and Brazilian have now travelled to Adelaide, Australia, to compete for Team International in the World Tennis Challenge.

Other Brits in action

Cameron Norrie made a dramatic start to the year after saving five match points in his opening round match of an ATP Challenger tournament in Noumea, New Caledonia. The 22-year-old went onto battle past Vincent Millot 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the final eight, but missed out on a semi-final spot after losing 6-4, 6-6 to Kenny de Schepper.  

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Luke Bambridge teamed up with Hans Hach to finish doubles finalists of a $25,000 Futures tournament. The top seeds ousted American duo Deiton Baughman and Christopher Eubanks in the semi-finals, but fell 6-4, 6-3 to Martin Redlicki and Karue Sell in the final.

On home soil…

Nell Miller and Jack Findel-Hawkins captured Premier Tier British Tour titles in Loughborough at the weekend.

17-year-old Miller defeated second seed Freya Christie to set up a final against top seed Tara Moore and she went onto triumph 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Her achievement follows recent singles success when she won the British Tour Masters last month.

Findel-Hawkins, who graduated from American university last summer, also clinched back-to-back British Tour titles having won at Graves in Sheffield at the end of the year. The 23-year-old from Devon sailed past Nicolas Rosenzweig 6-3, 6-2 in the final to lift the trophy.  

Discover a full breakdown of the draw and results, and find out more about the British Tour.  

Photo of the week

Kyle Edmund strikes one of his famous 'fearhands' at the Brisbane International...

Tweet of the week

It looks like Alfie Hewett received a warm welcome upon landing Down Under… 

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