Murray & Soares in Sydney head up doubles, challenger & ITF round ups


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By Glenys Furness

  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lose final in Sydney 6-3, 7-5
  • Reached final without dropping a set.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA  Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares continued their Australian Open preparations in Sydney.



Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares lose final in Sydney 6-3, 7-5

Murray & Soares were top seeds in Sydney. Continuing their build up to the Australian Open, where they will be looking to defend the title they won last year. The reigning Australian Open champions were due to play Nicolas Almagro & Paolo Lorenzi, however the top seeds were handed a walkover into the quarter finals.

Up against Florian Mayer & Philipp Petzschner the Brit/Brazilian had their first competitive match of this event. The German team put up a fight, but the top seeds came through with relative ease. Murray & Soares won 6-3, 6-4.

In the semi final the top seeds played the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah. Murray & Soares breezed the first set. The second was more of a challenge, and went to a tiebreak. The top seeds then eased through the breaker to take the win 6-3, 7-6(4).

In the final the Brit/Brazilian were playing Wesley Koolhof & Matwe Middelkoop. The Dutch team had taken a longer route to the final with most of their matches going the distance.

Koolhoof & Middelkoop shocked the top seeds to take the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.


Doubles Round up

  • Dom Inglot & Florin Mergea lost in the quarter finals in Auckland, after winning their first round in straight sets.
  • Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith lost in the first round in Hobart in straight sets


Challenger & ITF Roundup

  • Ed Corrie seeded third, lost in straight sets first qualifying round of Koblenz
  • Dylan Gee received a wild card into Koblenz qualifying lost in straight sets.
  • Liam Broady lost in the final of Antalya 15K
  • Luke Bambridge & Joe Salisbury are in the final of Long Beach

Next week Brits play in Melbourne, Antalya & Manacor.