By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares into the third round
- Murray also through to second round in mixed doubles
- Dom Inglot & Robert Lindstedt faced a tough match but scraped through
Melbourne, Australia. Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares secured a straight sets win and book a place in the third round to face Dom Inglot & Robert Lindstedt, Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith breezed past Johanna Konta & Heather Watson while Murray & Katarina Srebotnik kicked off their mixed doubles campaign.
Murray & Soares the seventh seeds faced the all Polish team of Mariusz Fyrstenberg & Jerzy Janowicz. The seeds were held very close in the first set by the Poles, as Murray & Soares saved the only break point they faced. The seventh seeds finally got the break point change and converted it to sneak the set 7-5. In the second set the Brit/Brazilian pairing were getting better, with no break points faced, but of the four they created taking the vital one. Murray & Soares sealed the match 7-5, 6-3 to move into the third round, this will be another Battle of the Brits as they face Inglot & Lindstedt.
The 11th seeds Inglot & Lindstedt faced an all American team of Eric Butorac & Scott Lipsky. The first set started and there was nothing between the teams. The set came down to one or two crucial points, as the Americans stayed with the seeds all the way to the tiebreak. In the breaker Inglot and Lindstedt still kept things tight but sealed the set as they took the tie break 7-5. The second set was pretty much the same as the first, with both teams keeping things tight. Again the set went to the tiebreak, and just like the first the scoreline ended at 7-5, however, this time it was Butorac & Lipsky to level the match. The final set saw Inglot & Lindstedt break twice and get broken once to grab a lead, they didn’t look back from there as the Americans could not get back on terms. Inglot & Lindstedt will face Murray & Soares in the next round.
With the mixed doubles starting as well, Murray was very busy and played two matches the same day. In the first round of the mixed doubles Murray & Katarina Srebotnik took to the court as fourth seeds. The first set was very tight as Murray & Srebotnik were working on their game together. After exchanging breaks the set headed to the tiebreak, which was a very close affair. Murray & Srebotnik came through the tight breaker 8-6 to need only one more set to make the second round. The second set was a stroll in the park as the fourth seeds served up a bagel to secure the second round berth.
Finally, the all British second round ladies doubles also took place. Konta & Watson faced the British Fed Cup doubles team of Rae & Smith. With Konta having reached the fourth round in the singles for the first time in Australia, she was back on court with Watson. Rae & Smith are the established doubles team and this certainly showed in the first set. Rae & Smith secured two breaks of serve to seal the first set 6-2. The second set was a little bit closer for Konta & Watson, but they were still unable to break the serve of Rae & Smith. The difference in the second set was the only break of serve and that was secured by Rae & Smith who advanced to the third round 6-3.
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