Olympic24: Murray into Madrid final, Ennis-Hill makes return

Olympic24: Murray into Madrid final, Ennis-Hill makes return

10 May 2015 / 09:45

Andy Murray beats Kei Nishikori in straight sets at Madrid Open to reach second successive clay court final, and Jessica Ennis-Hill finishes third on her competitive comeback in Manchester. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Andy Murray to take on clay king Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final after seeing off Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4.
  • Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill finishes third in the 100m hurdles at the Great City Games in Manchester
  • Event in Manchester also saw six victories for British athletes, including a season-best jump for Greg Rutherford in the long jump
  • Judokas Sally Conway and Alice Schlesinger win gold and bronze respectively at Baku Grand Slam
  • Second-placed William Fox-Pitt keeps up pursuit of Andrew Nicholson at Badminton Horse Trials
  • Liam Phillips places second in time trial at UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal
  • England book Cup quarter final spot at Sevens World Series, Scotland to face New Zealand & Wales play Samoa in the bowl quarters

Murray books Madrid Open final clash with Nadal

The king of clay Rafael Nadal awaits Andy Murray in the final of the Madrid Open after the Scot saw off Kei Nishikori in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

It was an aggressive display from Murray whose serve proved too hot to handle for the Japanese who never really got going.

But it will be a much different challenge that stands across the net from him on Sunday as the nine-time French Open champion looks for victory in front of his home crowd.

"I returned well and put him under a lot of pressure on his serve and my backhand was really good tonight," said Murray.

"I did a few things well. Kei has a fantastic backhand and I won the exchanges on cross-court.”

Ennis-Hill third on comeback at Great City Games

Jessica Ennis-Hill says it was great to be back in the blocks after she made her long-awaited comeback to competitive action in Manchester’s Great City Games.

The Olympic heptathlon champion came third in the 100m hurdles behind Tiffany Porter in first with Lucy Hatton second.

“It’s really nice to be back and getting in the blocks again and having the crowd behind you with the big cheer so it was really nice on the start line and after as well,” said Ennis-Hill.

Elsewhere there was success for Greg Rutherford in the long jump and Dina Asher-Smith took the 150m title as well as the 2x100m crown with CJ Ujah. Read more here.

Golden day for Conway in Baku

Sally Conway and Alice Schlesinger both showed their class as they took gold and bronze respectively on the second day of the Judo Baku Grand Slam.

There was an early exit for Gemma Howell in the -63kg division but Schlesinger was in fine form as she battled onto the podium.

And for Conway there was a happy return to the event where she took silver last year as she got revenge on Kim Polling and came away with the gold.

"Sally had a great day today, her gripping, movement, ashi-waza and work rate were excellent," said GB performance coach Jean-Paul Bell. 

Fox-Pitt stays in touch at Badminton

Olympic silver medallist William Fox-Pitt leads the British charge heading into the final day of this year's Badminton Horse Trials.

Fox-Pitt, who is bidding for his second title after winning in 2004 on Tamarillo, currently lies in second place on Chilli Morning behind New Zealander Andrew Nicholson on Nereo after a solid cross country round.

Nicholson needs a clear round in Sunday's jumping test to secure a ninth top-level title.

Phillips on the mark in Papendal

Liam Phillips continued his run of podium finishes this season with an excellent second place in the time trial at the latest UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Papendal.

Phillips, who won the opening round of the World Cup season in Manchester last month, set a time of 38.007 seconds at the Olympic Training Centre on Saturday.

It was less than one-tenth of a second slower than victorious rider Connor Fields, with the qualified riders, also including fellow Brits Kyle Evans and Tre Whyte, back in action in the 1/8 finals on Sunday.

Home nations bid for sevens success in Glasgow

After victory in Tokyo, England Sevens have a shot at World Series glory once again after booking a quarter final meeting with Canada in Glasgow on Sunday.

Great Britain’s qualification for Rio hinges on the success of England and they didn’t disappoint with a series of strong displays in Pool A at Scotstoun.

Scotland will take on New Zealand in the Cup while Wales play Samoa in the bowl quarters.

England head coach Simon Amor said: “We didn’t get out of the blocks particularly well against Australia but the guys showed a lot of character to come back and we are pleased to get into the Cup quarter-finals."

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