Olympic24: Murray and Konta march on at US Open

Olympic24: Murray and Konta march on at US Open

06 September 2015 / 08:44

Andy Murray and Jo Konta reached the last 16 of the US Open while Helen Glover and Heather Stanning retained their Rowing World Championships crown. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Andy Murray breezed past Thomaz Bellucci at the US Open
  • Jo Konta ready for Petra Kvitova challenge
  • Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win women’s pair gold in France
  • Oliver Townend the leading Brit at Burghley

Murray makes light work of Bellucci

Andy Murray 

Andy Murray made short work of Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci at the US Open, the Brit winning in straight sets to advance to the fourth round.

Murray had needed five sets to win his previous round but saw off 30th seed Bellucci 6-3 6-2 7-5 in the New York in just two hours and 11 minutes.

The third seed goes on to face South African Kevin Anderson in the last 16 on Monday.

"My last match was extremely tough physically and mentally. It was a lot cooler today, which helps, and to get the win in three sets,” he said.

"I get a day to recover now and get ready for the next one."

Konta geared up for Kvitova clash


Jo Konta insists she is relishing the chance to test herself against Petra Kvitova in the fourth round of the US Open.

Konta, ranked 97th in the world, beat 18th seed Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to reach the last 16 at Flushing Meadows.

Next up for the 24-year-old is a clash with two-time Wimbledon champion and fourth seed Kvitova on Monday – a challenge Konta can’t wait to face.

“I'm really looking forward to the challenge," said Konta. "I have never played her. I have obviously seen her play.

"A two-time Grand Slam champion - I'm feeling pretty lucky that I get an opportunity to play against such a player."

Glover and Stanning retain world title

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning 

Heather Stanning believes she and Helen Glover still have plenty to give after successfully defending their women’s pair world title in France.

The first GB crew in action, Stanning and Glover didn’t disappoint as they shot out of the blocks to lead by three-quarters of a length after just 250m.

And from there out the London 2012 gold medallists didn’t let off, leading by three seconds at the halfway stage on their way to crossing the line in 6:52.99 minutes to finish ahead of New Zealand by almost four seconds.

But despite the dominant victory the pair insist they are not about to rest on their laurels with the Rio Olympics looming large on the horizon.

“We have worked very, very hard and it’s exciting because we feel there are more improvements to come,” Stanning said.

Glover added: “We wanted to feel the pressure here of defending a title because that is what we will have to do in Rio.”

Elsewhere, James Foad and Matt Langridge added a silver medal in the equivalent boat behind the World and Olympic champions Eric Murray and Hamish Bond of New Zealand.

Both GB lightweight doubles also won silver with Charlotte Taylor and Kat Copeland capping their debut season in style while Will Fletcher and Richard Chambers gave home-crowd favourites Stany Delayer and Jeremie Azou of France a run for their money before settling for runner-up ahead of the defending World champions Norway.

A bronze came from the men’s four of Scott Durant, Alan Sinclair, Tom Ransley and Stewart Innes in a race won by Italy, but the men’s quadruple scull of Graeme Thomas, Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins and Peter Lambert finished outside of the medals in fourth.

Townend leads way for Brits after tough day at Burghley

Oliver Townend 

It was a tough day on Captain Mark Phillips' cross-country course at the Burghley Horse Trials with Oliver Townend currently the highest ranked Brit in ninth.

Tina Cook is the only other Briton in the top ten with Michael Jung taking the lead on La Biosthetique Sam FBW while Tim and Jonelle Price are second and third respectively.

This year's reverse course caused plenty of problems for the riders with the field being reduced from 74 to 55 ahead of Sunday's showjumping finale.

Townend has three rides at this year's event with Armada and Samuel Thomas II both coming around safely.

Elsewhere, William Fox-Pitt dropped down the field aboard Fernhill Pimms and currently sits 13th while Pippa Funnell and Redesigned are 12th.

But it was Dromgurrihy Blue who shone with a strong run in the morning to leave Townend with an outside shot on Sunday.

“He doesn't look like a horse that is going to get a distance at Burghley but for what he lacks in blood and slimline looks he has in genuine nature tenfold,” he said.

“The course rode as it walked and the distances came up good, surprisingly good in place, and there was no doubt you'd see a couple inside the time.

“He's not the quickest and in places I had to add a few of the bigger ones on their own just to set him up for the combinations that followed.

“It was all tough out there and hopefully going forward we can just have a good ride.”

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