By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray and John Peers progress
- Laura Robson US Open over
- Jonny Marray and Marcus Daniell lose a close match
New York, USA – Jamie Murray and John Peers were our only doubles winners on day five of the US Open. Laura Robson, Jonny Marray and Dom Inglot all lost out in a day of doubles.
Murray and Peers seeded eight were up against Santiago Giraldo (COL) and Rameez Junaid (NZL). The seeds started slowly where their serve was concerned with only 55% first serves landing in, however the pair did back this up with 100% of the points on the back of the serve. The COL/NZL team were getting more first serves in 65% but only scoring 69% of the points on the first serve. Murray/Peers generated two break point opportunities and converted both, whilst the unseeded pair were unable to convert either of the two break point chances they created. This was the difference in the first set as the Brit/Aussie pairing took the lead, taking the set 6-1. In the second set the seeds were serving better as 68% of first serves were in with 86% of points on the back of the serve. The COL/NZL pair again generated a break point chance but were unable to convert, the set was heading towards a tiebreak when the seeds, who had created four previous break points managed to convert the vital break point to seal the win 7-5.
Inglot started the mixed doubles campaign with Katarina Srebotnik (SLO). They had drawn the seventh seeds Raquel Kopps-Jones (USA) & Raven Klaasen (RSA). The first set was incredibly tight, with the Brit/Slovenian pairing converting four of the five break points they earned, the seeds only converted three of the six they earned. This was enough to send the set into a tiebreak where the seeds took full advantage, taking the tiebreak 7-3. The second set went better for the pair as they had got to know each others game more now. Winning 81% of points behind the first serve and converting two of the three break points earned, compared to only one from three for the seeds, saw Inglot/Srebotnik take the set 6-3. It would be a match tiebreak to settle it. The seeds were the better pairing in this final part of the match, as they strolled to a 10-5 victory. Inglot is still in the men’s doubles.
Marray and Daniell were playing another unseeded pairing in the men’s doubles. They faced Philipp Oswald (AUT) and Adil Shamasdin (CAN). The Brit/NZ pairing were serving better in the first set with 60% of first serves landing in and scoring 61% of points behind that serve. There were several breaks of serve in the set, with the Austrian/Canadian pair taking both of the chances they created. Marray/Daniell created five break chances and converted three, this was the difference as they took the set 6-4.
In the second set both teams were on a par with each other where the serving stats were concerned, the difference came down to break points. Marray/Daniell created three opportunities but were unable to convert them, whereas Oswald/Shamasdin took one of the two they created to take the set 6-4. Into the final set and no one was creating any break point chances meaning that fittingly the final set was heading to a tiebreak. In the breaker the Austrian/Canadian team proved just too good as they sealed the tiebreak 7-3.
The final match to report on involved Robson and Kirsten Flipkens. In this second round match they were against the fifth seeds Caroline Garcia (FRA) and Srebotnik. The seeds were the better players in the first set, as they created eight break point chances and converted two, whereas the Brit/Belgian pair created four but were unable to convert any. This proved to be the vital difference as the seeds took the first set 6-2. In the second set Robson/Flipkens first serve percentage had dropped to 45% however they managed to convert the break point opportunity they created. The fifth seeds though were serving much better and created seven break point chances, converting three to take the match in straight sets, the second set ended with 6-3 scoreline.
Play commences from 16:00 BST on all courts