Mur­ray books first all-Bri­tish Queen’s quar­ter-fi­nal

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

Andrew Landry is the early leader at the US Open in Oak­mont.

He led a group four play­ers on two-un­der that in­cluded for­mer world num­ber one Lee West­wood and fel­low Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, New Zealand’s Danny Lee and Amer­i­can Kevin Streel­man.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Jor­dan Spieth, the world num­ber two try­ing to be­come the first player since Cur­tis Strange in 1988-89 to win back-to-back US Opens, was in a group at one­un­der with one birdie in his first four holes.

World num­ber three Rory McIlroy was oneover through five. McIlroy missed the first three fair­ways, mak­ing back to back bo­geys at the sec­ond and third af­ter find­ing bunkers at both.

He clawed back a shot with a cre­ative birdie at the par-five fourth, where he reached the green in two but at 60 feet from the pin opted to chip

But with scat­tered thun­der­storms in the forecast, the field faced a po­ten­tially frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon on a course al­ready reck­oned among the hard­est to host a US Open.

A stream of the game’s best could only shake their heads dur­ing early week prac­tice rounds as they re­counted the dan­gers and dif­fi­cul­ties posed by the par-70, 7,219 course laid out in rolling coun­try north­east of Pitts­burgh.

“You have to be so dis­ci­plined,” McIlroy said. “One of the real chal­lenges about this golf course, es­pe­cially af­ter tak­ing so many trees away, is that it’s a big, wide-open space now and you’re hit­ting into th­ese tight fair­ways.

“There’s not re­ally a whole lot of def­i­ni­tion out there. So you have to be so zoned in to where you want your tar­get to be.”—AFP LON­DON—Andy Mur­ray set up the first all-Bri­tish Queen’s Club quar­ter-fi­nal in the Open era as the de­fend­ing cham­pion Ade­laide in 2002 when Tim Hen­man de­feated Greg Rused­ski 6-4, 6-4.

“It wasn’t bad. I’m still get­ting used time - it’s not one mas­sive leap but ev­ery year he gets a bit bet­ter.”

Mur­ray is bid­ding for a record fifth Queen’s crown and the world num­ber two took just 83 min­utes to ex­tend his fine ca­reer record in west Lon­don to 27-5 and book a sixth ap­pear­ance in the Queen’s last eight. The 29-year-old Scot, who re­sumed his part­ner­ship with coach Ivan Lendl this week af­ter a two-year sep­a­ra­tion, next takes on Davis Cup team-mate Ed­mund, who was given a walkover into the quar­ter-fi­nals af­ter his French op­po­nent PaulHenri Mathieu pulled out with a wrist prob­lem.

The promis­ing South Africa-born 21year-old had en­joyed the best win of his ca­reer on Wed­nes­day when he de­feated French world num­ber 18 Gilles Si­mon in the first round.

While there was an­other more high­pro­file Bat­tle of Bri­tain go­ing on across the English Chan­nel in France, where Eng­land and Wales clashed in Euro 2016, there was plenty at stake for Mur­ray in a rare meet­ing with a com­pa­triot.

It was the first time Mur­ray had faced a Bri­tish op­po­nent at Tour level on home soil and the first time any­where since he lost to Hen­man in Bangkok in 2006.

Slove­nia-born Be­dene, ranked 58th, had lost all eight of his pre­vi­ous matches against top 10 op­po­nents and Mur­ray en­sured that bar­ren se­quence was ex­tended to nine.

Mur­ray had bat­tled hard to sub­due Ni­co­las Mahut in two tie-breaks in the first round and ini­tially he looked out of sync against Be­dene.

Ap­pear­ing to be dis­com­forted by a shoul­der prob­lem, Mur­ray had to save a break point in the first game. But he grad­u­ally found some rhythm and broke for a 5-3 lead be­fore serv­ing out the first set with the min­i­mum fuss.—AFP

MULTAN: An archer aim­ing dur­ing the trial of Pun­jab In­ter-Di­vi­sion Archery 2016 La­hore un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Dis­trict Sports Of­fi­cer at Sports Com­plex.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.