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The British Bulldogs just edge it

As the organiser of the Battle of the Brits Team event, Jamie Murray couldn’t have been more delighted that, after a week’s highly competitive play, the final outcome of the event wasn’t settled until the last match.

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Wimbledon Day 10 | A mixed doubles final featuring Brits remains a possibility

Jamie Murray has ensured one member of his family  – and indeed a Brit can still win Wimbledon. His younger brother and defending champion Andy bowed out in the quarter-finals of the singles against American Sam Querrey while suffering from a hip problem. And Jo Konta’s semi-final defeat against Venus Williams ended home hopes in the ladies singles.

It was a pretty good match. Our opponents played pretty good. They returned well and had good pick ups. We deserved to win. Had more control of the game. Always kept the pressure on Martina Hingis

But Jamie combined with Swiss Martina Hingis, a former ladies singles champion in SW19,  to defeat the all-British pairing of Jocelyn Rae and Ken Skupski 6-4 6-4 in 64 minutes in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles on Centre Court.

It keeps them on course for a final match-up against unseeded defending champions Heather Watson, the British No.2 to Jo Konta, and Finn Henri Kontinen.

Watson  and Kontinen beat tenth seeds Gabriela Dabrowski  of Canada and Rohan Bopanna from India 6-7 6-3 7-5 to seal their place in the last-four where they face Bruno Soares of Brazil and Russian Elena Vesnina.

Jamie, an ex-Wimbledon mixed title winner with Jelena Jankovic, said: “Nice to be still winning, still playing. We’re getting closer (to the title). Our next match will be tough. We’ll have to be ready.

“Partnership is going well. We’ve been playing well. We got up early in both sets and never really in trouble on our serves. That was nice. It was fun to play on Centre Court. It didn’t make it more difficult because we were playing a British pair. We played one the other day in Neal and Anna Skupski. Trained with Jocelyn and known Ken forever. It is cool there are still British players in the latter stages of a Grand Slam.

“You’ll have to ask Andy if he will watch us. I spoke to him last night. I told him ‘bad luck’. He was disappointed to lose. He’d been battling the last couple of weeks with his hip. The most important thing is to get that sorted.”

Hingis said: “I’m enjoying it all. It was a bonus we were never really in trouble on our serves. There’s always a pressure point on the female in mixed and Jamie helped me through it. I’d get my first serve in and he’d take care of the rest. We were returning well.

“It was a pretty good match. Our opponents played pretty good. They returned well and had good pick ups. We deserved to win. Had more control of the game. Always kept the pressure on.”

 






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