By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares claim eighth title together
- Only seeds left after first round
WASHINGTON, USA – Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares claim eighth title together. The only remaining seeds in the draw after the first round the Brit/Brazilian fought their way to the trophy.
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Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares entered Citi Open and were seeded fourth. Their first round opponents were Karen Khachanov & Lucas Pouille. The Russian/French pairing got a jump on the fourth seeds and broke to take the first set. Khachanov & Pouille stayed with the seeds in the second set, however it was Murray & Soares that finally broke serve to level the match. The fourth seeds went on to edge the match tiebreak and make the quarter-final 4-6, 7-5, 10-7.
In the quarter-final Murray & Soares faced Divij Sharan & Artem Sitak. The Indian/Kiwi pairing managed to break serve of the seeds holding on to take the set. The Brit/Brazilian re-grouped in the second set and more or less broke at will to level the match. Once again a match tiebreak was needed, this time Murray & Soares eased through taking their spot in the semi-final 4-6, 6-1, 10-5.
The semi-final saw the fourth seeds up against Raven Klaasen & Michael Venus. The South African/Kiwi pair stayed toe to toe with Murray & Soares in the first set, eventually the seeds secured the break of serve to take the first set. In the second set Klaasen & Venus forced a tiebreak but the seeds dominated to take the match in straight sets 7-5, 7-6(2).
In the final the Brit/Brazilian were up against Mike Bryan & Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The American/French pair were able to get the better start and broke the fourth seeds taking the first set. The seeds re-grouped in the second set and levelled up by breaking Bryan & Roger-Vasselin. It would be a match tiebreak to decide where the title went. Murray & Soares secured the title with lob from the Brazilian taking the match 3-6, 6-3, 10-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Katie Swan with Rosalie van der Hoek were defeated by Belinda Bencic & Anhelina Kalinina in the first round in Washington 3-6, 6-1, 10-8.
Harriet Dart with Prarthana Thombare were defeated by Alexa Guarachi & Erin Routliffe in the first round in Washington 7-6(3), 7-5.
Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Marcelo Arévalo & Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela in the first round of Los Cabos 7-5, 7-6(2).
Joe Salisbury with Jonathan Erlich were defeated by Taylor Fritz & Thanasi Kokkinakis in the quarter-final in Los Cabos 7-6(5), 6-4.
Johanna Konta with Zhang Shuai were defeated by Heather Watson and Mihaela Buzărnescu in the quarter-final of San Jose 7-5, 6-2.
Watson & Buzărnescu were defeated by Lyudmyla Kichenok & Nadiia Kichenok in the semi-final in San Jose 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.
Liam Broady with Hunter Reese were defeated by Joris De Loore & Marc Polmans in the quarter-finals in Lexington 6-1, 6-3.
Charles Broom with Matic Spec were defeated by Maxime Cressy & Martin Joyce in the quarter-final in USA Futures 6-4, 6-2.
Samm Butler & Paul Jubb were defeated by Andrej Glvac & Tomas Liska in the first round in Slovakia 6-4, 2-6, 10-6.
Luke Johnson with Hugo Voljacques defeated Ben Jones & Joshua Paris in the final in Ireland to claim the title 7-6(6), 6-4.
Emily Appleton with Lisa Ponomar were defeated by Karola Patricia Bejenaru & Julia Kimmelmann in the final in Ireland 6-3. 2-6, 10-7.
Isaac Stoute with Aaron Schmid were defeated by Jeremy Beale & Wang Aoran in the first round in Indonesia 6-4, 7-5.
Next week Brits play in Toronto, Aptos, Jinan, USA, Portugal, Slovakia, Belarus, Indonesia, Spain, Austria, Finland, Montreal & Chiswick.
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