Day 8 Evening Gloom Draws Close to Brit Doubles Interest
By Ros Satar
Daniel Nestor/Kristina Mladenovic def. Dominic Inglot/Johanna Konta 3-6 6-3 6-4
The overcast gloom cast its final shadow for British representation in the doubles as the last pair left in the second round of the Mixed Doubles.
Eighth seeds Nestor/Mladenovic (who were the runners up in the Mixed at Roland-Garrros) got the better of the British wildcards, who were the last remaining pairing in any of the doubles competitions.
Things started brightly for the Brits (which is more than could be said for the weather, as they took to the court around 7:15pm, getting underway nearer 7:40pm) after rain delays throughout the day.
A single break put the Brits ahead, with Konta showing why she has such great promise in the singles, repeatedly burning the seeds down the line with blistering groundstrokes down the line.
She also proved she could match doubles-specialist Inglot with more than her fair share of volley winners at the net too, despite hardly touching doubles on the WTA tour thus far.
Inglot showed why he likes the nickname “Dom The Bomb” for himself, hammering down 10 aces in the match, 3 of which were in the crucial game, as it turned out, for the match.
It was a close affair – just a single break in all three sets, but now the focus will shift solely to Andy Murray, as his quest to lift the Wimbledon title continues tomorrow in the quarter-final, where he faces Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.