Wimbledon: Jamie Murray and Venus Williams excluded from mixed doubles

Venue: All England Club Appointment: June 27-July 10
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Jamie Murray and Venus Williams were knocked out of mixed doubles by Jonny O’Mara and Alicia Barnett in a thrilling final set tie-break.

Murray and Williams had five match points but were denied by brilliant play from Britain’s O’Mara and Barnett, who won the second-round encounter 3-6 6-4 7-6 (18-16).

Both pairs were given a standing ovation by an enthralled crowd on court two, who were sad to see the end of the Murray and Williams partnership but delighted for their inspired opponents.

Murray and Williams had led 4-2 in the second and third sets, but O’Mara, 27, and Barnett, 28, fought back to advance to the quarter-finals, claiming victory on their fifth match point.

They will then face top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Ena Shibahara of Japan or Australians Matthew Ebden and Samantha Stosur.

A thrilling day on court two

The partnership between five-time Wimbledon singles champion Williams and Murray, who has won seven Grand Slam doubles titles, has been an exciting addition to this year’s tournament, rekindling memories of when their siblings Serena and Andy partnered here in 2019.

After finishing in three sets in their first-round match under the roof of Court One, most fans on Court Two on Sunday might have expected them to see O’Mara and Barnett, but the Brits grabbed it. the occasion.

The crowd had been forced to wait for the big doubles draw, with the men’s fourth round match between David Goffin and Frances Tiafoe immediately preceding it, lasting five sets and four hours 36 minutes.

On the contrary, it seemed to increase the anticipation. The players emerged to shouts and screams, with cries of “Venus, I love you” and even a marriage proposal for the American. The same man then continued with a “Jamie, I love you too!”

With attention on their opponents, it was O’Mara and Barnett who first threatened to break when Murray was serving, but after that chance was saved the Scotsman and Williams, 42, struck in the eighth match, with an ace from Murray then sealing the set.

Alicia Barnett and Jonny O'Mara celebrate beating Venus Williams and Jamie Murray
Alicia Barnett and Jonny O’Mara celebrate their win over Murray and Williams

Williams’ fantastic scrambling and recovery along the baseline helped them earn another break in the second set but, from 4-2 down, O’Mara and Barnett won four in a row to tie the game. Both produced exceptional play, with three successive volley wins from Barnett 0-30 in Game 9 and a stunning comeback from O’Mara on a set point.

Murray and Williams broke immediately in the decider, but another comeback winner from O’Mara tied them at 4-4.

Serving to stay in the match, Williams, playing her first competitive tennis in 11 months, showed how much it meant to her by reaching out her arms and letting out a roar when a forehand from O’Mara went long. .

In the first-to-10 tie-break, Scot O’Mara and England’s Barnett took a 5-1 lead, but Murray and Williams went on to win five points in a row. The British pair came back with a volley from Barnett bringing them two match points at 9-7, but a stunning exchange of volleys at the net eventually allowed Murray to help level it again.

From there, match points swung between pairs and decibel levels rose as fans reacted to the dramatic climax.

A Williams return fell just wide when she and Murray led 12-11, but she landed a backhand winner on the line to provide another opportunity to close it out. This time, a volley from Barnett kept her and O’Mara alive.

Eventually Murray stole into the net to hand O’Mara and Barnett the win, with the crowd rising and giving both pairs a huge ovation for the two hours and 12 minutes of superb entertainment.

Salisbury and Ram battle to reach last eight

Briton Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram fought back after a set down to advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon.

Salisbury and Ram are the tournament seeds and are targeting their third Grand Slam title after victories at the 2020 Australian Open and 2021 US Open.

They beat the duo of Brazilian Rafael Matos and Spaniard David Vega Hernandez 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.

Salisbury and Ram reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2021.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliovaara were knocked out in the third round after losing in five sets to defending champions Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Croatia on Court 12.

Mektic and Pavic, second seeds this year, won the first two sets before 15th seeds Glasspool and Heliovaara defended themselves by winning the next two.

But the Croats took the fifth set to seal a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 2-6 6-3 win.

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