By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lose tight semi final
- Good week for Brits in doubles
WASHINGTON, USA – Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares were edged in a tight semi final by the top seeds.
Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares were third seeds at the Citi Open. In the first round they drew Steve Johnson and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the first set was very close as neither team were able to break the other and a tie break ensued. Even the breaker was very close, with the third seeds edging it. The second set was much easier for the Brit/Brazilian as they dominated to seal the win 7-6(8), 6-1.
The quarter final had Murray & Soares up against a qualifying team James Cerretani & Marc Polmans. The third seeds had a nightmare of a first set, which saw Cerretani & Polmans take the lead in the match. The Brit/Brazilian re-grouped in the second set and managed to level the match, sending the quarter final into a match tiebreak. This was a very thrilling affair, as Murray & Soares needed to save seven match points and converted on their third to progress to the semi final 2-6, 6-3, 19-17.
In the semi-final the Brit/Brazilian were against the top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers. The Finn/Aussie pairing made a super start and broke early. Murray & Soares were soon 0-3 down, but held serve and managed to break back to force a first set tiebreak. The third seeds sailed through the first set tiebreak to establish the lead. The second set was once again very close, however the top seeds managed to break serve right at the end of the set to level up. A match tiebreak would decide the finalists, unfortunately this did not go the way of the Brit/Brazilian and they were edged out 7-6(4), 5-7, 8-10.
Doubles round up
Jocelyn Rae with Jessica Moore lost in the Semi final in Washington 6-2, 6-4.
Dom Inglot with Robin Haase lost in the first round Kitzbuhel 4-6, 6-3, 5-10.
James Ward with Dayne Kelly lost in the first round at Chengdu 5-7, 4-6.
Scott Clayton & Jonny O’Mara lost in the semi final Segovia 1-6, 4-6 – they took out the top seeds in the first round.
Luke Bambridge with David O’Hare lost in the semi final at Lexington 2-6, 4-6.
Next week Brits play in Montreal, Toronto, Aptos & Portoroz.
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