Tennis Talk: Bad News for Team GB

The Aegon GB Team were defeated  in their latest Davis Cup by BNP Paribas fixture playing on the indoor clay courts at Le Kindarena in Rouen last weekend. The team, who were without World Number one Andy Murray who is out due to injury, were beaten in the quarter-finals convincingly by France 4-1 .

The team of Jamie Murray, Dom Ingot, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans were once again captained by Leon Smith. On the opening day the team did not win a single set (for the first time since they were defeated by Argentina in 2008), Edmund lost against World Number seventeen Lucas Rouille 7-5, 7-6(6), 6-3 and Evans was beaten by Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

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On the second day Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau beat Murray and Ingot in the doubles 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. The final two dead rubbers were played on the final day, Edmund lost against Chardy 6-4, 6-4 but Evans beat Benneteau 6-1, 6-2. This final victory give Team GB one point but it wasn’t enough to make any difference, it is the first time the team have failed to make the semi-finals in three years.

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France will now face Serbia in the semi-finals, Team GB are however assured of a place in the 2018 World Group.

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World Tennis News: Konta Wins Miami Open

British number one Johanna Konta became the first British woman to win the Miami Open yesterday. In the final tenth seed Konta, 25 beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, 26 in two sets 6-4, 6-3 to win the biggest title of her career to date.

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This milestone in Konta’s career will see her climb to a career high in the world rankings, this is her third WTA Tour success after playing in four finals. In July 2016 Konta won the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford followed by claiming the Sydney International title earlier this year in January. She was defeated in the China Open final last October by Agnieszka Radwańska.

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En route to the final Konta had a bye in the first round and then beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round two 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. She then defeated Pauline Parmentier in the third round 6-4, 6-0, in round four she beat Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 6-1 and then third seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. In the semi-final Konta beat eleventh seed and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5.

In other British tennis news, Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open with an elbow injury that will also see him miss Team GB’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France in May.

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Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Latest Davis Cup Tie

Team GB join Belgium, Serbia, USA, France and Australia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas after they beat Canada 3-2 in this weekend’s fixture at the TD Place Arena in Ottawa.

It was all square after the first day of play with Team GB’s Dan Evans beating reigning junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and Canadian Vasek Pospisil defeating Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3). Day two saw Britain’s Jamie Murray and Dominic Ingot beat Canadian pairing of Daniel Nestor and Pospisil in a tough four set clash 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-3 giving Team GB a 2-1 lead going into the final day of singles matches.

Evans lost against hard hitting Pospisil 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)so it was all square with the scores back level at 2-2. The fate of Team GB lay in the hands of Edmund who was playing against Shapovalov. In a bizarre moment of madness Shapovalov was defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct after striking the ball at the umpire and Edmund, who was already two sets in the lead, won the match 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 and overall victory for the British players.

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Third seeds Team GB will now travel to France in April to compete in the quarter-finals against the host nation who are sixth seeds. In a shock defeat top seeds Russia were knocked out by eighth seeds Serbia who now face Spain, Italy will play Belgium and Australian take on Team USA.

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Tennis Talk: Davis Cup Disappointment for Team GB

Defending Davis Cup by BNP Paribas champions Team GB were beaten by Argentina in this weekend’s semi-final 3-2  held at The Emirates Arena in Glasgow. This victory has secured Argentina’s place in the Davis Cup final against Croatia, who defeated France, that will be held from 25th – 27th November in Croatia.

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British number one, current Wimbledon and Olympic champion Andy Murray faced a re-run of the Rio Olympic final against Juan Martin del Potro. In this latest encounter del Potro was the victor beating Murray in a intense five-set match 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 and Argentinan number one Guido Pella beat Kyle Edmund 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to give the South America team an important 2-0 lead at the end of day one.

Murray teamed up with his brother Jamie, who is the current Australian and US Open doubles champion, on day to fight back in the doubles rubber and despite family tragedy with the death of their grandfather (Andy missed the funeral on Friday due to his singles match) they  won in four-sets against del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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There was everything to play for on Day three with Team GB trailing 2-1, Murray beat Pella in their singles match 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to level the score. Dan Evans was under incredible pressure in the final singles contest which saw Mayer win in four sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and seal the overall victory for Argentina.

Team GB’s six-match run is over but captain Leon Smith told the BBC how proud he is  of how far the team has come, “It feels rough. We have had great times in Davis Cup and when you reflect back on it we have had a hell of a run.” he added, “Our team is in much better shape than it was a few years ago. Next year is another opportunity to continue building the team.”

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The team will find out later this week who they face in the first round of next year’s competition that will take place in February 2017. Argentina have been announced as top seeds with Croatia as second in the world group, Team GB are third seeds. The draw will take place on 22nd September in London at 1pm local time.

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Tennis Talk: Davis Cup Victory For Team GB

This weekend’s Davis Cup quarter finals fixture featured top seeds Team GB against Serbia and should have seen a meeting of the world’s top two tennis players Novak Djokovic and British number one Andy Murray, but neither were on court in Belgrade.

As an exhausted Murray cheered from the sidelines after his recent Wimbledon victory it seemed that Team GB didn’t need his expertise on the occasion as they roared to victory. It was left to a young Kyle Edmund, 21 playing at the number one spot to secure Team GB’s place in the semi-finals with his final day straight set victory over Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). This result gave the team an unassailable 3-1 lead with the final scoreline finishing at 3-2 as James Ward lost 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to Janko Tipsarevic in the final match of the day.

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This latest victory gives captain Leon Smith fourteen out of sixteen Davis Cup victories since he took over the reigns back in 2010 and it was the first time the team have won a World Group match without their number one player. The team will now play against sixth seeds Argentina in a home fixture in September and Murray should return to his position, France who are fifth seeds will take on Croatia to decide the two opponents that will challenge each other in the finals due to take place at the end of November.

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The score was 1-1 at the end of day one after singles wins from Edmund against Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 and Lajovic beat Ward 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot defeated Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the crucial doubles match 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4 to give Team GB a 2-1 lead and Edmund delivered his thrilling victory to secure the team’s spot in the semi-finals.

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Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.

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As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.

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It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.

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After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.

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In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.

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Tennis Talk: Team GB Win Davis Cup Tie

British number one Andy Murray beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the final day’s reverse singles to seal victory for defending champions Team GB in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie that took place in Birmingham over the weekend.

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On Friday Murray had beaten Taro Daniel 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 while Dan Evans had lost against Nishikori 6-3, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) so the teams were even going into Saturday’s Doubles. Team Murray, Andy and brother Jamie beat Yoshihito Nishioka and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in straight sets to give Team GB the overnight advantage going into the third and final day. Murray then stepped up to the challenge winning his five set battle against Nishikori 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, a gruelling match that lasted just under five hours to give Team GB an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.

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Britain will now face Serbia away in the quarter-finals scheduled to take place from 15th – 17th July.

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