Murray & Peers make US Open Semi Final
By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray & John Peers book spot in Semi Finals
- Katie Swan & Charlotte Robillard-Millette withdraw from doubles
- Maia Lumsden & Usue Maitane Arconada through to round 2
New York, USA. Jamie Murray & John Peers have continued their quest for a second grand slam final. Katie Swan & Charlotte Robillard-Millette were forced to hand a walkover to their opponents. Maia Lumsden & Usue Maitane Arconada have made round two of the girls doubles.
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Murray & Peers moved one step closer to their second Grand Slam Final as they took on the fourth seeds Marcin Matkowski (POL) & Nenad Zimonjic (SRB). The Polish/Serbian team started very well, their first serve percentage stood at 81% with 90% of points scored on the back of the serve. Murray & Peers created two break point chances in the set but were unable to convert either. The fourth seeds created three break point chances and converted only the one, but it was enough to secure the set. The second set the eighth seeds started to find their game, as the first serve percentage dropped slightly but they created and converted the only breakpoint of the set to bring the match level. The final set proved to be a very tight affair with neither pair able to make in-roads on the other teams serves. Eventually the set headed to a tiebreak and this proved to be where Murray & Peers excelled. The Brit/Aussie team booked a Semi Final berth taking the tiebreak 7-4
In the junior doubles Swan & Robillard-Millette (CAN) were the top seeds and had been drawn to play Carson Branstine (USA) & Kelly Chen (USA). The Brit/Canadian pair were forced to hand a walkover to the all USA team. Swan had retired in her singles match yesterday, whilst Robillard-Millette retired from her singles match today. This meant that the pair had to hand the victory to the unseeded pair.
Lumsden & Arconada (USA) are seeded eight in the girls doubles. The first set saw a very even first serve percentage with the seeds just edging with 55%, however the Brit/American pair secured 91% of points behind the serve. Their opponents Ana Paula Neffa De Los Rios (PRY) & Beatrice Torelli (ITA) were not able to create any break point chances on the seeds serve, whilst the Brit/American pairing created three chances and converted two. This was all that was needed for the seeds to take the first set 6-3. In the second set the seeds showed their experience as they maintained the pressure on the Italian/Paraguayan team, this showed as the first serve percentage dropped to 38% with only 20% of points scored behind the serve. The seeds created and converted three break points totally dominating the set, serving up a bagel to move into the next round.
Maia Lumsden also played her second round singles match today. Facing Anastasia Detiuc (MDA) the Brit created and converted one break point chance, however the Moldovan created and converted both break point chances to take the first set 6-4. The second set Lumsden was able to stay with Dutiue as it went to a tiebreak. The Brit took the tiebreak 7-5. Unfortunately the final set saw the Brit outplayed as she was served up a bagel. Emily Arbuthnott had drawn the second seed Dalma Galfi (HUN) in the second round of the singles. The Hungarian was just too strong for the Brit and took the match in straight sets 6-4 and a breadstick set.
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