Fleming/Huey knock out 5th seeds at US Open

By Glenys Furness

  • Colin Fleming & Treat Huey knock out 5th seeds Simone Bolelli & Fabio Fognini
  • Laura Robson & Kirsten Flipkens progress
  • Jonny Marray & Marcus Daniell move to next round

New York, USA – Colin Fleming & Treat Huey achieved a big win at the US Open as they took out the fifth seeds. Laura Robson and Jonny Marray also started their doubles campaigns with victories.

Today saw more round one doubles matches on the courts of Flushing Meadows, here we have a look at how the Brits taking part performed. Fleming has teamed up with Huey (PHI) for the US Open. Playing their first tournament together the pair had been drawn to play the fifth seeds Simone Bolelli & Fabio Fognini. The unseeded pair came out flying in the first set, landing 68% of first serves in and scoring 100% of points on the first serve. The seeds were unable to carve out any break points on the Fleming/Huey service games, whilst the British/Philippine team converted twice to take the set 6-1. The second set was much tighter with the pairs exchanging a break of serve. The set headed to a tiebreak in which the seeds took control and took the vital lead before closing it out 7-3. The final set again was a very close affair, with both pairings holding serve easily no break point chances were created. So just as set two, this set headed into the tiebreak. With a much closer score it finally came down to the Brit/Philippine pair to edge the breaker 8-6 to score a big win over the fifth seeds.

Robson was back on court, this time with Flipkens to start their doubles campaign. They were playing Madison Keys and Lisa Raymond. Although Robson/Flipkens served no aces in the set, they converted both of the break point chances they created, whilst the Americans were unable to convert either of the break point opportunities they had. The pairing of Robson/Flipkens won 31 points in the set compared to the Americans 16 as they sealed the set 6-2. Set two saw the Americans created a couple of break point chances but they only converted one, whereas the Brit/Belgian team converted two of the three chances they made. In the end the Americans were just not able to get back into the set and Robson/Flipkens took the match in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

Jonny Marray with Marcus Daniell (NZL) took to the court for their first round match, they faced the all American team of Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka. In the first set Marray/Daniell were certainly playing the better as they created 10 break point opportunities, and converted two of them allowing them to take the first set 6-3. The Americans score 83% behind the first serve in the second set and converted one break point of the three they created. Marray/Daniell created five chances but were unable to convert any of those. Fritz/Opelka took the set 6-4 to ensure this match was going the distance. In the final set the Brit/NZL pairing served much better than the American pairing and created two break point chances of which they took both. The Americans were only able to convert one of the three they created, and it was not enough as Marray/Daniell sealed the win 6-3 in the final set.

A couple of other results to add in, firstly Dom Inglot and Robert Lindstedt have continued where they left off last week as yesterday they took on the second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. The first set was very tight and ended in a tiebreak which Inglot/Lindstedt took comfortably 7-3. In the second set the seeds mounted a comeback, and although still a very close set, the seeds converted the one break point needed to seal the set 7-5. This match would also be going the distance, in the final set the seeds created seven break point chances, however they were unable to convert any of them, whilst the Brit/Swedish team took their chance with the only break point they created to seal the match 6-4.

Finally in the mixed doubles got underway too, and Jamie Murray had teamed up with Lisa Raymond. They faced an all American pair of Abigail Spears  and Scott Lipsky. Murray/Raymond did not get off to the best of starts as they were broken only once, but it was enough to take the set from them 7-5. In the second set and the Americans soon found themselves down as they were unable to create any break point chances on serve, whilst the Brit/US pairing secured two of the four chances they had to level the match 6-2. This meant there would be a match tiebreak to settle it.

For those unsure what a match tiebreak is, it is much like a normal tiebreak apart from it is the first to 10 points with two clear points between the teams. This could not have been much closer but the Brit/US team won it 10-8 to secure a second round spot

Play resumes on all courts at 16:00 BST

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