Murray & Soares lose Toronto final

By Glenys Furness

  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares made second Masters final
  • Beaten in straight sets by Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo – 6-4 6-4
TORONTO, CANADA – Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares secured the second Masters final of their partnership.


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Murray & Soares progressed to the second Masters event final of their partnership. As second seeds the Brit/Brazilian pair received a bye into the second round. The Rogers Cup, played this year by the ATP in Toronto.

The Australian Open champions had little trouble progressing to the quarter finals, taking the second round match in straight sets for the loss of only five games 6-3 6-2.

Against the seventh seeds the Brit/Brazilian had to fight back from a set down to Rajeev Ram & Raven Klaasen to edge the match in the match tie-break 3-6 7-5 10-4

In the semi final Murray & Soares were against the sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil. The Australian Open champions took the first set, before Nestor & Pospisil fought back to take the second set tie-break.

The match tie-break was incredibly close, with the Brit/Brazilian once again edging the match to book the spot in the final 6-4, 6-7(5) 10-7.

Taking on the third seeds in the final Murray & Soares both dropped serve once in each set. This advantage was seized upon by Ivan Dodig & Marcelo Melo who took the match in straight sets 6-4 6-4.

The loss has dropped Murray from fifth in the doubles ranking to sixth, as Melo leapt over him to third. Murray & Soares are still third in the race to the ATP World Tour finals and currently only just over 1000 points short of the qualifying cut off.


WTA Doubles Round Up

On the WTA side of the Rogers Cup played in Montreal the best finish came for Heather Watson & Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Against their first round opponents Daria Kasatkina & Svetlana Kuznetsova the Brit/American stormed into the second round in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

With the score tied at 3-3 in their next match against the third seeds, the Taipei pair retired, handing Watson & Mattek-Sands a quarter final spot. They were just edged out in the quarter final against their Slovenian opponents although the Brit/American put up a fight they went down in three sets 3-6 6-4 7-10.

Tara Moore & Madison Brengle made the main draw as alternates, but were knocked out in the first round 0-6 4-6.

Naomi Broady & Shelby Rogers lost only five games before progressing to the second round. Unfortunately this was when they ran into the top seeds Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza. The Swiss/Indian partnership totally dominated the match with Broady & Rogers only managing to win two games 6-1 6-1.


Challenger Round-up

On the Challenger circuit and in Lexington it was Lloyd Glasspool that was the best of the Brits. After coming through qualifying, Glasspool was drawn against fellow Brit James Ward. Glasspool was leading a set and a break when Ward retired with a sinus infection. 6-3 3-1.

This loss dropped Ward to 249 in the rankings a drop of five places. Ward’s season has not gone well so far, especially as he dropped points by going out in the first round at Wimbledon, having reached the third round the previous year.

Glasspool won his second match in straight sets 6-3 6-2 before his run was ended by American Ernesto Escobedo 6-7(5) 7-5 6-3.

Liam Broady and Brydan Klein both drew wildcards in the first round, and both progressed to the second round in straight sets. Broady defeated William Bushamuka 6-2 6-2 whilst Klein defeated Eric Quigley 6-3 6-4.

Both Brits lost in the next round. Broady to another wildcard Brian Baker in straight sets 6-4 6-3. Klein was edged in three sets by Francis Defoe the seventh seed 4-6 6-3 4-6. Dan Evans was edged in the first round by wildcard Baker 5-7 6-4 6-7(6), this early exit has meant that Evans drops to a ranking of 82nd.

He is the British number two behind Andy Murray as Aljaz Bedene has dropped 16 places due to not competing.

Next week Brits are in Granby and Atlanta