Olympic24: Murray and Watson win in Perth

Olympic24: Murray and Watson win in Perth

05 January 2016 / 07:31

Andy Murray and Heather Watson triumph 2-1 over France while Rowan Cheshire admits she has a point to prove in 2016. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Murray and Watson see off Kenny de Schepper and Caroline Garcia
  • Rowan Cheshire admits she returned too soon following Sochi crash
  • Tributes paid following death of Denys Malcolm Lloyd
  • Edmund picks up Qatar Open victory

Murray and Watson get Britain off to winning start

Great Britain are off to a winning start in the Hopman Cup after Andy Murray and Heather Watson beat France 2-1.

There was little trouble for Murray as he opened his season with a trouble-free straight sets win over France’s Kenny de Schepper in Perth.

Murray is representing Great Britain in a team with Watson and gave the Brits a 1-0 lead as he stormed to a 6-2 6-2 victory.

After a momentous end to 2015 which saw Murray inspire Great Britain to a first Davis Cup win in 79 years the Scot took less than an hour to chalk up his first win of 2016.

An opening-game break set the tone of things to come as he wrapped up the first set in 29 minutes before winning five consecutive games to seal the win.

"It was good and I played well. Everything was working pretty good and I was able to dictate a lot of points and finish off a lot of points at the net," Murray said.

"It's quite a quick surface here so if you can get the first strike in the rallies it's quite easy to stay on top of the point if you force yourself to come forward, and I did that well."

Next up was Watson who went three sets with Caroline Garcia and eventually went down 6-3 5-7 6-3.

That set up a doubles clash with the French pair and it was the Brits who came out on top winning 6-2 5-7 (10-6).

Tributes paid to Olympian Lloyd

Tributes have been paid to four-time Olympian and British bobsleigh coach Denys Malcolm Lloyd following the Welshman’s death.

Lloyd began his impressive Olympic journey in Sapporo 1972 before going on to compete in Innsbruck 1976, Lake Placid 1980 and Sarjevo 1984.

At the latter he secured a top-ten finish before starting a career as a coach where he helped guide Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke to World Championship gold at Lake Placid in 2009.

The 68-year-old, who was nicknamed ‘Gomer’, was born in Swansea in 1947 and had also coached South Korea, Russia and Canada.

“Bobsleigh has lost one of its finest characters,” said Great Britain Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson.

“Gomer had a true passion for the sport and he was always willing to assist and pass on his knowledge. Great Britain have so much to thank him for and he will be greatly missed.”

BBSA’s CEO Richard Parker added: “We are saddened to learn of the death of Gomer Lloyd - a man who played an important and impressive role in this country’s proud bobsleigh history.

“We are very grateful for all his efforts over so many years and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

Cheshire back with point to prove

When Rowan Cheshire flew to Sochi in 2014 it was with hopes of an Olympic medal until a crash in training knocked her unconscious, left her hospitalised and unable to compete for Team GB.

Fast forward two years and Cheshire is back with a point to prove and, while she admits she might have rushed back prematurely last season, she is adamant that she will be better than ever the next time her Olympic dream presents itself.

 “In my head I had a point to prove because I didn’t get to show the world what I could do in [Sochi],” she said.

“So I did push myself, but I’ve definitely got in my head to take my time this time round.” Read more here.

Edmund sees of Martin Klizan

Kyle Edmund picked up his third tour-level win of his career at the Qatar Open after seeing off world number 43 Martin Klizan in straight sets.

The Brit is currently ranked 102 in the world and came through the match in Doha 6-2 6-2 to reach the last 16 in the Middle East.

After victory over the Slovakian he now squares off with Spain's Daniel Munoz who currently sits 75th in the world.

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