By Glenys Furness

  • Dom Inglot & Robert Lindstedt made swift progress to the second round
  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares take a straight sets win

Melbourne, Australia. Dom Inglot & Robert Lindstedt started their Australian Open campaign on day four, progressing in straight sets over unseeded opponents. Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares also progressed through in straight sets over Jonny Marray & Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi and won the battle of the Brits.

Inglot & Lindstedt started the first Grand Slam of the season with a straight sets win. The Brit/Swedish pair are seeded 11th and faced an unseeded team of Sergey Betov & Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Having missed the final pre-Australian Open tournament due to injury Inglot & Lindstedt were back and intent on making a point, the injury was to Inglot, who had tweeted before the final warm up event that he hoped it would recover in time. The 11th seeds served up five aces in the first set, in addition to converting the only break point they created. Betov & Gabashvili were unable to achieve any breaks of serve and the seeds took the first set 6-4.

The second set Inglot & Lindstedt created more break point changes and converted three, whilst their opponents only managed to convert one of the three they created. Inglot & Lindstedt took the second set 6-3.

Murray & Soares are seeded seventh at the Australian Open and are taking part in their first ever slam together. With a great start to the season the pair already have a semi final finish and a winners trophy to their names. Murray ended last season as runner up in two of the slams (Wimbledon & US Open) and is eager to go one better.

The seeds were in a “battle of the Brits” as they had drawn Marray & Qureshi. Murray & Soares converted one break point of the three created, and saved all three that they faced to take the set 6-4.

The second set was a little bit closer as the seeds obtain the crucial break whilst again saving all the break points they faced. Murray & Soares eventually sealed the fate of Marray & Qureshi by taking the set 6-3 to move into the second round

Play continues in Melbourne at 10pm GMT Thursday night


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