Australian Open: Smith & Rae lose in Round 3

By Glenys Furness

  • Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith campaign ends in round 3
  • Dom Inglot & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lost to top seeds

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA- Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith lost in straight sets against the second seeds. Dom Inglot & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova are out of the mixed doubles in Round one.

Rae & Smith had an impressive Australian Open and they had reached the third round. Unfortunately today they faced the second seeds Yung-Jan Chan & Hao-Ching Chan, the Brits broke the Chan serve once in the first set, however, the seeds managed to break twice on the way to sealing the first set 6-3. In the second set Chan & Chan kept up the pressure on Rae & Smith who again managed to break the serve once. Chan & Chan however, like in the first set broke serve twice and sealed the match with 6-4.

Inglot & Pavlyuchenkova were in round one of the mixed doubles, and had drawn the top seeds Martina Hingis & Leander Paes. The seeds showed their ranking in the first set and took the vital break of serve. Inglot & Pavlyuchenkova did obtain a break point but were not able to convert, Hingis & Paes took the set 6-3. The second set Inglot & Pavlyuchenkova kept it much closer, and again broke serve. The top seeds broke twice, taking the break of serve right at the end to take the set 7-5.

In the junior doubles Ewan Moore & Zsombor Piros faced an Australian doubles team of Alex De Minaur & Blake Ellis. Moore & Piros and the Aussie team both secured all the breaks of serve that they manufactured, unfortunately the Australians had two and took the first set 6-3. The second set saw De Minaur & Ellis still played extremely well, as Moore & Piros kept fighting to try and bring things level. The Australians were just too strong in the end taking the second set 6-3.

Also in the boys doubles Jay Clarke & Miomir Kecmanovic were against Moerani Bouzige & Kody Pearson another all Australian doubles team. Clarke & Kecmanovic were off to a great start and were soon marching away with the first set, as they served up a breadstick. The second set was a much closer affair as the Australians started to play better and pushed the second set to a tiebreak. Bouzige & Pearson sealed the breaker 7-4 and so into a final set it went. There is no tiebreak in the final set and no match tiebreak either so the match could be over quickly or we could have been in for long set. In the end that is what we received as the final set went on and on. The Australians final get the games they needed and the final score was 17-15.

Play commences at Midnight GMT Monday 25th

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