By Glenys Furness
- Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram claimed Australian Open doubles title
- Brit/American took out higher seeds en route
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram were 11th seeds in the Australian Open. The Brit/American secured their first Grand Slam title together.
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Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram joined forces just over a year ago. The partnership has flourished ever since. The Brit/American have made six finals on the main tour since getting together, but had not made a slam final before. Their success in Melbourne is an exciting step up for the pair. Salisbury is only the second Brit in the Open Era to win the Australian Open. The first being Jamie Murray who won the title with Bruno Soares in 2016.
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Doubles Round Up
Dom Inglot with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were defeated by Jean-Julien Rojer & Horia Tecău in the first round in the Australian Open 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Luke Bambridge with Ben McLachlan were defeated by Mate Pavic & Bruno Soares in the first round in the Australian Open 7-6(4), 7-5.
Dan Evans with John-Patrick Smith were defeated by Joe Salisbury & Rajeev Ram in the first round in the Australian Open 6-1, 7-6(3).
Joe Salisbury with Desirae Krawczyk were defeated by Neal Skupski & Hsieh Su-Wei in the first round in the Australian Open 7-6(5), 5-7, 10-5.
Jamie Murray & Neal Skupski were defeated by Steve Johnson & Sam Querrey were in the second round in the Australian Open 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(12).
Neal Skupski with Hsieh Su-Wei were defeated by Zheng Saisai & Joran Vliegen in the second round in the Australian Open 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Jonny O’Mara with Marcelo Arévalo were defeated by Ivan Dodig & Filip Polášek in the quarter-finals in the Australian Open 6-3, 6-2.
Ken Skupski with Santiago González were defeated by Max Purcell & Luke Saville in the quarter-finals in the Australian Open 6-2, 6-4.
Scott Clayton & Lloyd Glasspool were defeated by Andrey Golubev & Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the semi-final in Quimper 6-0, 6-4.
Liam Broady & Jay Clarke were defeated by Kimmer Coppejans & Sergio Martos Gornes in the first round in Burnie 6-4, 6-4.
Stuart Parker with Martin Van Der Meerschen were defeated by Antoine Bellier & Maxime Tchoutakian in the first round in France 6-3, 6-4.
Emily Webley-Smith with Sofia Shapatava were defeated by Jaqueline Cristian & Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the first round in France 6-4, 6-2.
Sarah Beth Grey with Connie Perrin were defeated by Jaqueline Cristian & Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the second round in France 6-2, 6-1.
Emily Appleton with Mary Closs were defeated by Eva Vedder & Stephanie Visscher in the first round in Mexico 7-6(4), 7-5.
Jodie Burrage with Mirjam Bjorklund were defeated by Mananchaya Sawangkaew & Supapitch Kuearum in the semi-final in Thailand 6-4, 6-4.
Graziella Bennett with Cyan Sun were defeated by Lucia Llorca & Esther Lopez Alcraz in the first round in Spain 6-0, 7-5.
Next week Brits play in Montpellier, Launceston, Tunisia, Slovakia, USA, Thailand, Mexico & Spain.
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