Men’s doubles dream hit but Jamie is still in the mix for title success at SW19
Jamie Murray’s bid for a double doubles success at Wimbledon is over after he and men’s partner Bruno Soares went down in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
But he is still on course for silverware after he and mixed doubles colleague Victoria Azarenka reached the last eight.
The 32 year-old Dunblane star has two Wimbledon mixed doubles titles to his name but the men’s event has always eluded him. This year he said he wouldn’t defend the title he won last year with Martina Hingis in order to fully focus on the men’s doubles with Brazilian Bruno Soares.
Defeat in the quarters to No.13 seeds Raven Klaasen (South Africa) and Michael Venus (New Zealand) on Tuesday, however, means Murray has the opportunity to land a third mixed Wimbledon title with a different partner having been successful in 2007 with Jelena Jankovic and Hingis in 2017.
In the men’s doubles, the Murray/Soares partnership hadn’t lost a set before their quarter-final but in an epic match lasting four and a half hours, they finally succumbed 6-7 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-4.
His mixed doubles challenge with Belarus ace Azarenka almost came unstuck at the second round stage on Monday night when they trailed 5-1 in the final set to No. 7 seeds Robert Farah (Colombia) and Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany).
As the light started to fade at SW19, the Murray/Azarenka partnership refused to give up and reeled off six successive games to clinch the match 7-7 6-7 7-5 in two hours 41 minutes.
In round three they defeated No.13 seeds Matwe Middelkoop (Holland) and Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 7-6 6-3 and the unseeded duo were scheduled to be on court yesterday (Thursday) in the quarter-final against No 4 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Demi Schuurs from Holland.
●Wheelchair star Gordon Reid, who trains at Stirling University, saw his Wimbledon singles hopes fade at the quarter-final stage yesterday (Thursday) when he went down 6-3 6-3 to Belgian Joachim Gerard.
Gordon, who won the title in 2016, will team up in the doubles with fellow Brit Alfie Hewett where they will meet Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina) and Shingo Kuneida (Japan).
Defeat Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lost in the men’s doubles