Olympic24: Murray survives a scare and Konta advances at US Open

Olympic24: Murray survives a scare and Konta advances at US Open

04 September 2015 / 07:25

Andy Murray and Jo Konta come through epic matches at the US Open and good news for Rio from the rowing World Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours:

  • Andy Murray beats Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in New York
  • Jo Konta makes Grand Slam final 32 for the first time in her career
  • Six quota places secured for Rio at World Rowing Championships
  • Chris Froome out of Tour of Spain with fractured foot

Worry for Murray at Flushing Meadows

Andy Murray survived a major scare to battle back from two sets down to progress to the third round of the US Open.

The former winner and number three seed looked down and out as France's Adrian Mannarino produced the tennis of his career.

But he recovered, dropping just five games in the last three sets, to win 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

He will now face Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci on Saturday.

"I just had to kind of tell myself that I would get there eventually," said Murray, who hasn't lost in the first week of a Grand Slam in five years. 

"I managed to turn it round and I thought he played some really, really good tennis.

"He has such an unorthodox game and I didn't really feel that comfortable at many points out there in the match.

"I was happy with the way I fought through that and finished the match stronger than him."

Elsewhere, British number two Aljaz Bedene lost 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 to American Donald Young.

​Konta enjoys career best win over Muguruza

kontaGettyImages-486335390Jo Konta progressed to the final 32 of a Grand Slam for the first time with a career best win over Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza.

The world number seven took three hours and 23 minutes to progress against the ninth seed, finally advancing 7-6, 6-7, 6-2.

She will now face 18th seed, Germany's Andrea Petkovic, as she seeks to win a 16th consecutive match.

"I didn't think she probably played her best but credit to her, she's an incredible fighter and no matter what level she brings, she always brings her top ten mentality," said Konta.

"I had to fight for every point, it wasn't given to me, and I'm just happy to come back another day."

Froome out of Vuelta

Chris Froome admitted his frustration after he was forced to withdraw from the Vuelta a Espana with a fractured bone in his foot.

The 30-year-old was bidding to become just the third rider in history to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year, and the first since the latter event was moved towards the end of the season.

But disaster struck in Wednesday’s 11th stage when an early crash saw him end up conceding more than eight minutes to Italian race leader Fabio Aru.

And there was more bad news when scans confirmed that he had fractured a bone in his foot, forcing him to not take to the start for stage 12.

"I'm really gutted to be leaving the race but the injuries that I sustained on yesterday's stage were too much to continue,” Froome told teamsky.com.


GB rowers secure six Rio quota places at World Championships

London 2012 champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning insists they are not finished yet despite being one of six British boats to earn a 2016 Rio Olympic quota place at the Rowing World Championships in France.

All nine British boats that went into their semi-finals came away with a spot in their respective showpiece, with six of these securing Rio places along the way too.

Glover and Stanning in the women’s pair did exactly that after winning their semi-final, with the pair eager to cap off a successful trip by bringing home the gold medal as well.

“I am pleased with today’s race, it was the race we expected to have and it’s a nice reward from the semi final to qualify the boat for Rio,” Stanning said.

“The next race is the one that counts, it’s the final race of the season, and we’re really looking forward to it.”

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