By Glenys Furness

  • Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares take title in Sydney
  • The pair only dropped one set en route
Sydney, Australia – Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares claimed the ATP 250 doubles title. The pair dropped one set claiming the title.


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Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares entered the ATP 250 even in Sydney, a warm up for the Australian Open. They were second seeds.

The Brit/Brazilian first round opponents were Santiago GonzálezAisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. The Mexican/Pakistani team pushed Murray & Soares however, the second seeds were able to obtain the break of serve needed in each set. González & Qureshi were unable to break back and the Brit/Brazilian moved on in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

In the quarter-final Murray & Soares faced Ivan DodigÉdouard Roger-Vasselin. The Croat/French pair were strong in the first set, and almost forced a tiebreak. The seeds however, managed to break right at the end of the set and took the lead. Dodig & Roger-Vasselin were not able to re-group and the Brit/Brazilian went on to take the match in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

The semi-final saw Murray & Soares against Ken & Neal Skupski. This was the toughest match to date, with the Skupski brothers forcing a tiebreak in the first set. The second seeds went on to claim the breaker. In the second set the Brits managed to break the seeds and levelled up the match. The match tiebreak that followed was close, but it was the Brit/Brazilian that edged it to make the final 7-6(4), 5-7. 10-7.

In the final Murray & Soares were against the top seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah. The Brit/Brazilian pair were all over the top seeds and obtained the break of serve. Cabal & Farah could not break back and the second seeds took the lead. In the second set Murray & Soares again broke serve with the top seeds unable to break back. The Brit/Brazilian sealed the win 6-4, 6-3.


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Doubles Round Up

Luke Bambridge & Jonny O’Mara were defeated by Matthew Ebden & Robert Lindstedt in the first round in Sydney 7-6(2), 7-6(1).

Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Lleyton Hewitt & Jordan Thompson in the first round in Sydney 6-1, 6-3.

Cameron Norrie with Rubin Statham were defeated by Guido PellaJoão Sousa in the first round in Auckland 6-4, 6-2.

Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Raven Klaasen & Michael Venus in the first round in Auckland 6-3, 6-3.

Brydan Klein with Bradley Mousley were defeated by Denys MolchanovIgor Zelenay in the first round in Canberra 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.

Lloyd Glasspool & Evan Hoyt were defeated by Aziz DougazManuel Guinard in the final in Tucson 6-4, 5-7, 10-3.

Barney Fitzpatrick with Adil Kalyanpur were defeated by Eric Ahren Moonga & Simon Freund in the first round in Spain 6-2, 6-4.

Jake Hersey with Pedro Vives Marcos were defeated by Laurent Lokoli & Jeroen Vanneste in the first round in Spain 7-5, 6-3.

Alexander Romay & Luke Stevenson were defeated by Arnaud BovyFilip Cristian Jianu in the first round in Tunisia 6-2, 6-0.

Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Michaëlla KrajicekBarbora Štefková in the first round in Hong Kong 6-4, 6-2.

Tara Moore with Camilla Rosatello were defeated by Alexandra CadanțuDiāna Marcinkēviča in the first round in Hong Kong 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Aleksandra Pitak & Katarzyna Pitak were defeated by Emily AppletonDalayna Hewitt in the semi-final in France 6-4, 7-5.

Emily Appleton with Dalayna Hewitt were defeated by Eleni Kordolaimi & Alice Tubello in the final in France 6-3, 5-7, 10-4.

Next week Brits play in Melbourne, Koblenz, France, Tunisia, Singapore & Turkey.


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