Olympic24: Jamie Murray reaches US Open final

Olympic24: Jamie Murray reaches US Open final

11 September 2015 / 06:25

Jamie Murray will feature in his second-straight Grand Slam final after he and John Peers moved into the US Open showpiece. Dom Inglot was unable to join Murray but there was good news as Britain’s eventers got their European charge underway. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours. 

  • Jamie Murray and Australian John Peers reached US Open men’s doubles final
  • Brit Dom Inglot falls at semi-final stage alongside Robert Lindstedt
  • Great Britain’s eventers enjoy opening day of European Championships
  • Owain Doull finishing 11th in stage five of the Tour of Britain
  • Gabby and Chris Adcock look ahead to Japan Open quarter-final

Murray makes doubles final 

There will be one Murray in a US Open final after Jamie and Australian John Peers survived a scare to reach the men’s double showpiece.

Murray and Peers saved a match point to beat Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (9-7).

Dom Inglot failed to make it two Brits in the final though as he and Robert Lindstedt lost their semi-final 7-5 6-2 to French duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

"My nerves are shot but we're so happy to win and get to the final," said Murray, who along with Peers will feature in his second successive Grand Slam final after the pair also reached the Wimbledon showpiece in July.

"We played a very high level match and the other guys were serving really well but we managed to turn it around."

GB enjoy strong start to European

Senior European Championship debutant Holly Woodhead made light of her inexperience at the highest level to take an overnight lead with DHI Lupison on 31.7 penalties as Great Britain dazzled in the dressage demonstration at Blair Castle.

The 21-year-old is almost two penalties clear of reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung, with Britain's team riders on day one - Nicola Wilson (One Two Many) and Kitty King (Persimmon) - occupying third and fifth places, respectively.

Laura Collett (Grand Manouevre) and Sarah Bullimore (Lilly Corinne), meanwhile, hold sixth and seventh spots as Britain posted an immediate statement in Perthshire.

Dressage continues on Friday when multiple major championship medallists Pippa Funnell and William Fox-Pitt take centre-stage for the host nation, while individual competitors Izzy Taylor, Oliver Townend, Francis Whittington and Wills Oakden also perform their tests.

"I am absolutely over the moon with him,” Woodhead said.

"I had a really good warm-up plan with him, and all I could remember was the test that I did with him at the Aachen Nations Cup event recently, and I tried to do exactly the same.

“It is hard work to get him like that. but when it comes off, he's amazing."

Doull leading home charge at Tour of Britain

Owain Doull was the highest-placed home rider on stage five of the Tour of Britain as Wout Poels sprinted past Edvald Boasson Hagen to take victory.

Doull finished 25 seconds back in 11th place to lead the home charge in the general classification in fifth.

Meanwhile, Boasson Hagen's consolation at having his late break reeled in was claiming the overall race leader's yellow jersey from Juan Jose Lobato.

His advantage is just one second from Dutchman Poels, who recorded Team Sky's third win of the race.

Adcocks relishing tough test

Gabby Adcock admits she and partner Chris Adcock cannot wait to test themselves against the best after setting up a quarter-final clash against world champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei at the Japan Open.

Seeded seventh in Tokyo, the Adcocks navigated their way past home favourites Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo in the last 16 of the mixed doubles after the latter withdrew with an ankle injury after the first game.

They will now face China's Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao as they aim to go one better than the quarter-final stage they reached last year in Tokyo. 

"They are the best pair in the world at the minute and clearly on form after winning the world championships just two weeks ago," said Gabby.

"But we have nothing to lose and we will fight all the way and these matches are what we look forward to as competitors.

"We hope we can bring a good level tomorrow as we know we can cause them problems if we do."

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