Brits all out of Washington

By Ros Satar

  • On the heels of Andy Murray’s round two defeat, Jamie Murray/John Peers, Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith and Naomi Broady all bowed out to the top seeds
  • Andy Murray’s team confirm he and wife Kim are expecting first child In February

WASHINGTON D.C., USA – Following on from top seed Andy Murray’s surprise defeat, all remaining Brits ended their runs in ATP & WTA Washington.

First up Naomi Broady fought hard against top seed Ekaterina Makarova, more than holding her own against the Russian. She was broken just once in the first set, and saved a set point before Makarova took the lead.

She gave herself more than a fighting chance in the second set as she matched Makarova game for game, but started the tie-break badly with an immediate mini-break, and breaking her serve twice more to seal the match 6-4 7-6(2). This week could see Broady back inside the Top 200, as she chases her previous career high of 138 (29 September 2014).

After winning the ATP Hamburg title following their run to the Wimbledon doubles final, it was a quick exit for Jamie Murray and John Peers, as they were on the back foot immediately with an immediate break to the Bryan Brothers, and were broken for the Bryans to take the first set.

They got their spark back a little in the second set but failed to take advantage of four break points in the ninth game, and although they staved off two match points, as the Bryans advanced 6-2 7-5.

After their commanding start against wildcards Louisa Chirico and Alize Lim, Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith bowed out to an all-Russian top-seed pairing of Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who dominated the Brits from the start in the first set, breaking them three times in the first set, and twice in the second to sweep to a 6-1 6-2 win.

There was some happy news though, as it was announced that Andy Murray and his wife Kim are expecting their first child in February. The pair were married in Dunblane in April, and since then, Murray has been enjoying a rich vein of form, picking up first two career clay court titles, reaching the semi-finals of both the French Open and Wimbledon.

Murray will be heading to Montreal for the Masters 1000, which commences on 10 August.

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