Henry Searle in the boys singles of WImbledon 2023, UK
Henry Searle in the boys singles of WImbledon 2023, UK | (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tennis | Wimbledon 2023 | Doubles and Juniors round-up: Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury suffer shock exit, Searle knocks out top seed

By Tony Fairbairn At Wimbledon

  • Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury suffered another early exit as they lost to Tallon Griekspoor and Bart Stevens
  • It was a successful opening round for British wildcards with four pairings gaining victories
  • Henry Searle was one of 12 first round Juniors winners after knocking out top seed Juan Carlos Prado Angelo
LONDON, ENGLAND – Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury’s poor form continued at Wimbledon as they exited the doubles tournament in the first round as Henry Seale knocked out the top seed in Juniors action.

 

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Ram and Salisbury knocked out as wildcards build opening round momentum

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The main headline from the first round of matches was the defeat of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury as their poor form this season continued. The third seeds went out to Dutch duo Tallon Griekspoor and Bart Stevens in three sets, to suffer one of their worst defeats of the season. Ram and Salisbury have had some success at the lower events this season which included winning the title in Lyon.

However the American-British duo have got progressively worse at the big events and that has culminated in a first round exit. The defeat was especially disappointing given they won the first set on the tiebreak before losing the next two sets 6-4 6-4. Now Ram and Salisbury will look to assess their partnership given their results haven’t been great this season before potentially teaming up in America where they will look to defend their US Open title.

Meanwhile Salisbury is still in the mixed doubles with Heather Watson as they won their opening round match against Nathaniel Lammons and Giuliana Olmos. Speaking of Watson the Brit was part of one of four wildcards to win their opening round in the men’s and women’s doubles. Watson teamed up with Harriet Dart to knock out seventh seeds Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko. The duo did get knocked out though in the second round to Viktoria Hruncakova and Tereza Mihalikova.

The other British wildcards that prevailed in the opening round were Jacob Fearnley and Johannus Monday, Toby Samuel and Connor Thomson as well as Naiktha Bains and Maia Lumsden. Fearnley and Monday prevailed in a Wimbledon to remember as they beat Andre Goransson and Ben McLachlan in three sets before losing to Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden in the second round.

Samuel and Thomson were winners over Pedro Cachin and Yannick Hanfmann in an impressive straight sets win. While Bains and Lumsden are into the third round as they backed up their last set tiebreak win over 11th seeds Anna Danilina and Yifan Xu by defeating Magda Linette and Bernarda Pera in the second round.

Other notable results in the doubles events has seen 13th seeds Jamie Murray and Michael Venus into the third round of the men’s doubles after a three set win over Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler while Neal Skupski alongside Wesley Koolhof into the third round after defeating Australian Open champions Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata.

In mixed doubles Katie Boulter reached the second round alongside Alex De Minaur after beating Roland Garros champions John Peers and Storm Hunter. However the duo lost in a last set tiebreak to Joran Vliegen and Yifan Xu, who defeated second seeds Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk in the opening round. Meanwhile Jamie Murray along with Taylor Townsend as well all-British pairing Jonny O’Mara and Olivia Nicholls.

 

 

Searle knocks out top seed in historic opening round for Brits

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Now onto the Juniors, which saw a historic success for British players as 12 Brits advanced to the second round in singles. That’s the most since 2000 with the pick of the wins seeing Henry Searle knock out top seed Juan Carlos Prado Angelo.

After taking the opening set tiebreak 8-6, Searle ran away with victory in the second set to book a place in the second round.

Speaking after the match Searle said it was a surreal moment and explained it was a dream to play at Wimbledon.

“It’s pretty surreal to get my first Wimbledon win against the No.1 seed in front of quite a few people,” Searle told The Bolton News.

“I had a pretty tough draw last year as well, playing the second seed, and I definitely took a lot of experience away from it. I used it to my advantage and I used it as best as possible to help me.

“It’s pretty amazing to always have the home crowd always backing you, always feeling supported on court no matter what the score is. I used that to my advantage today and managed to get the win.”

There were also wins for Charlie Robertson, Viktor Frydrych, Henry Jefferson and Freddy Blaydes.

In the Girls singles seven players made the second round with Ranah Akua Stoiber, Hephzibah Oluwadare, Mingge Xu, Mika Stojsavljevic, Hannah Klugman, Isabelle Lacy and eleventh seed Ella McDonald.

Xu, Stoiber, Stojsavljevic and Klugman all reached the third round as well with Xu and Stojsavljevic knocking out sixth seed Caitlin Quevedo and fourth seed Lucciana Perez Alarcon respectively.

 

 

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