Doubles, Challengers & ITF Round-Up: Murray & Soares edged in Vienna


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By Glenys Furness

  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lost in the Semi Final in Vienna
  • Edged out in the match tiebreak 6-1, 3-6, 9-11
VIENNA, AUSTRIA Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lost a close Semi Final in the Erste Bank Open.




Reining Australian and US Open champions Murray & Soares were top seeds in Vienna. With no first round byes in the ATP500 event the Brit/Brazilian pairing drew the American team of John Isner and Scott Lipsky. The Americans got the better start taking an early break in the first set. Murray & Soares pushed to break back, but were unable to get back on terms.

The second set saw the Slam champions begin to work out their opponents game. Playing against Isner is never an easy match, there are usually several tie breaks. Murray & Soares pulled the match level by breaking in the second set and keeping the Americans at bay.

The top seeds moved ahead and never looked back, sealing the win and booking the spot in the quarter finals 4-6, 7-5, 10-6. The quarter final had the Brit/Brazilian pairing face qualifiers Guillermo Duran & Mariusz Fyrstenberg. The top seeds had very little trouble with Argentine/Polish team as Murray & Soares defeated the qualifiers in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-4.

In the Semi final the Grand Slam champions found themselves playing Oliver Marach & Fabrice Martin. The top seeds dominated the first set, losing only one game. Marach & Martin were not done though, and fought back in the second set. Breaking the top seeds serve the Austrian/French pair levelled up the match.

A match tie break would decide who would go into the final. Marach & Martin surprised the top seeds and edged the breaker to knock out Murray & Soares 1-6, 6-3, 11-9.


Doubles, Challengers and ITF Round up

Dom Inglot teamed up again with Florin Mergea, They retired at 5-7, 2-2 due to an injury to Mergea.

Neal Skupski with Andre Sa were seeded second in Budapest Challenger, lost in the first round

Gabriella Taylor made the final in Heraklion but retired with the score at 2-6, 1-4.

Freya Christie and Katie Swan both lost in the quarter finals in Tampico – Christie retired down 3-6. Swan lost 2-6, 2-6.

Next week Brits play in Paris, Charlottesville & Eckental.