FROM THE PAPER: Australian Open success for Great Britain

By Karan Gadhia – Deputy Sports Editor


Great Britain had players in four of the finals at the Australian Open.

Gordon Reid was in both the wheelchair singles and doubles finals with Andy and Jamie Murray in the singles and doubles finals respectively.

Reid won his 1st grand slam singles title as he beat Joachim Gerard 7-6 (9-7) 4-6 in the final.

The Scot was unable to clinch two titles in the same day as he and partner Shingo Kunieda lost 6-3 3-6 7-5 to Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in the doubles final.

Overall, it was a very successful tournament for the 24-year-old who performed exceptionally throughout the fortnight.

Jamie Murray continued to make history as he became the first Briton in 82 years to lift the Australian Open men’s doubles title.

Despite never playing together with new partner Bruno Soares in a major before, the duo triumphed over Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 2-6 6-4 7-5.

Three years ago he was thinking of quitting the sport, ranked number 92 in the world – his latest win saw him move into 2nd place.

His brother, Andy was not as successful in his quest for a first Australian Open title as he was well beaten by Novak Djokovic 1-6 5-7 6-7 (3-7) in the men’s singles final.

Murray took a while to get started and there were some suggestions that he was tired after staying up late to watch his brother’s final the night before.

For the majority of the match, the Serbian was on another level that Murray just could not reach.

Overall, the world number two played some great tennis throughout the tournament despite the anxiety of knowing his wife, Kim Sears was heavily pregnant back home and the collapse of his father-in-law at the Australian Open.

It would be unfair not to mention Johanna Konta’s run to the women’s singles semi-finals which was one of the biggest shocks of the tournament.

Konta was unseeded for the draw but became the first British woman to play in a grand slam semi-final for 33 years.

The 24-year-old was knocked out by Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-2, who went on to defeat world number one Serena Williams in the final.

Konta’s incredible run in the Australian Open saw her surge up the WTA world rankings into the top 30 for the first time in her career.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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