Olympic24: Brash eyes big bonus and French Open latest

26 May 2015 / 06:30

Olympic champion Scott Brash is thinking of a big payday and it's a good day for British players at the French Open. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Scott Brash looks to edge closer to €1 million bonus in Aachen
  • Andy Murray urges Kyle Edmund to career best win at Roland Garros
  • Heather Watson also makes French Open second round but Bedene and Konta defeated
  • 10k wins for Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon in London

Brash could be in the money with two more wins

Olympic show jumping gold medallist Scott Brash is eyeing a €1 million bonus at this weekend's Rolex Grand Slam in Germany.

Brash recently regained his world number one status to give him a confidence boost heading into the event.

Along with Hello Sanctos, he won the first leg of the series in Geneva last December and must repeat the trick in Aachen and at the season finale in Canada in September to earn a career best payday.

However, since the sport’s three major events were combined in 2013, no rider has ever won more than a single event in a season.

But British riders have a strong recent record in Aachen, with Nick Skelton and Michael Whitaker winning in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

Edmund win must be the start of something, says Murray

Kyle Edmund produced the performance of his career at Roland Garros - and was cheered all the way by Andy Murray, who dashed from the locker room to lend his high-profile support.

Tennis is an individual sport and it's rare to see a player ranked third in the world step outside their personal bubble to cheer on a rival, unless they share a surname.

But Murray makes no secret he wants more British talent around him and Edmund's first Tour and first Grand Slam victory gives cause for optimism ahead of Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final with France in July.

"A lot of the other nations have multiple players going deep into these tournaments and ultimately that's where you want to get to," said Murray.

"Tennis in the UK is obviously a big sport. There's a huge amount of money invested in it, so you want to try to get as much depth as possible in the rankings.

"For us it's great but I don't think the other countries would be saying the same thing. However, it's obviously nice - the more British players in the tournament the better."

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Three Brits make second round at French Open

Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson all progressed to the second round at the French Open - the best British performance at Roland Garros since 2011. But there were defeats for Aljaz Bedene and Johanna Konta.

Murray next faces Canada's Vasek Pospisil or Portugal's Joao Sousa, Watson takes on highly-rated American Sloane Stephens and Edmund plays talented young Australian Nick Kyrgios.

"I was pretty nervous, first round matches at the major competitions are always tough and it was quite windy and the conditions were pretty difficult. I don't mind nerves, it shows you care and you want to do well," said Murray, a two-time semi-finalist in Paris.

"My tennis was a bit patchy at the beginning but I finished well in the end.

"I'm hoping this year I could have a good run again. I've prepared well for it but it's an incredibly difficult tournament to go for."

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European medallists Pavey and Vernon take London 10000 titles

Jo Pavey climbed off her sickbed while Andy Vernon smashed his personal best as they claimed the Bupa London 10,000 titles.

European champion Pavey almost pulled out of the race after being struck down by a bug but dominated domestic rivals to win in 32 minutes 56 seconds despite a sleepless night.

Vernon also never looked troubled, carving 43 seconds off his previousl best to cross the line in 28 minutes 38 seconds, the quickest road time by a Briton for four years.

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Catching up ...

Missed our Olympic reviews over the Bank Holiday weekend?

To read how Dina Asher Smith became Britain's new fastest woman ever and how Tom Daley won World Diving Series bronze - click here

Or click here to catch up on Jack Laugher's diving gold at the World Series and see how England's women's seven team secured Team GB a quota place at the Rio Olympics

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