Olympic24: Murray marches on in Miami but MacDonald halted

02 April 2015 / 08:34

Andy Murray eases into the final four of the Miami Open while Scotland struggle at the Men’s World Curling Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Andy Murray sets up semi-final clash with Tomas Berdych at the Miami Open
  • Scotland lose to Canada at the Men’s World Curling Championships
  • Nick Woodbridge set to make his modern pentathlon World Cup return
  • Great Britain’s women make it two wins from two at the Ice Hockey World Championships

Murray sets up semi-final clash with Berdych

Andy Murray will face Tomas Berdych in the Miami Open semi-finals after beating Austrian Dominic Thiem.

The 27-year-old Scot lost the opening set to world number 36 Thiem, but rallied to secure a 3-6 6-4 6-1 quarter-final win.

He said told Sky Sports: "I was getting myself into break-point positions and it is a fine line between going for winners and trying to finish the point and making your opponent play.

"Being a good match player is understanding when to go for your shots and when to back off a little bit."

Scotland’s winning run comes to an end

Scotland’s run of three straight wins at the Men’s World Curling Championships came to an abrupt end as they lost 7-1 to hosts Canada in Halifax.

The result means Scotland cannot make the tie-breakers and skip Ewan MacDonald said: “We had a big struggle with the stones and couldn’t get a grip at all. 

“I’m really disappointed that we didn’t give them a better game of it. Now we’ve just to get our heads together. 

“We’ve got a tough game tomorrow against Niklas (Sweden) , so we’ve just got to re-group and come out stronger and try to finish on two wins and a positive note.”

Woodbridge back in World Cup mix

Two-time Olympian Nick Woodbridge will make his first World Cup appearance for two years after being called up to Great Britain's pentathlon squad for the trip to Rome.

World champion Samantha Murray – who already has World Cup gold to her name this season – will return to the fold for the women's team.

She will go alongside Kate French and Freyja Prentice – both of whom have been on the podium this season with bronze medals.

For Woodbridge, whose last World Cup was in April 2013, the event is a long-awaited return after struggling with hip problems.

He made his first competitive appearance of 2015 in Budapest in March and will be joined in the men's squad by Tom Toolis, Joe Choong and Joe Evans.

Two from two for Great Britain’s ice hockey women

Great Britain Women made it two wins from two matches with a 3-1 victory over Korea in the World Championship in Dumfries.

Chrissy Newman scored twice and Leanne Ganney netted the other, while Samantha Bolwell made 17 saves from 18 shots.

GB beat New Zealand 8-1 in their campaign opener on Tuesday and next face Croatia on Thursday at 20:00 BST.

"They stuck to their game plan and systems and they put in an excellent performance," said coach Cheryl Smith.

"We've made a good start to the tournament and we look forward to a rest day tomorrow where we can recharge our batteries and focus on another massive three games to come."

 

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