Andy Murray Advances to Quarterfinals of Surbiton Trophy Challenger Event
In a stunning display of dominance, former world number one Andy Murray has secured his spot in the quarterfinals of the Surbiton Trophy Challenger event. The seasoned player defeated Chinese qualifier Bu Yunchaokete in straight sets with a scoreline reading 7-6 (7-1), 6-4.
Murray, who skipped participating in the French Open for focusing on grass-court season and hopes to be seeded at Wimbledon, will next face either fellow Briton Ryan Peniston or Czech Jiri Vesely.
The match against Yunchaokete was not an easy win for Murray as he had to break through tough resistance throughout both sets. Although he broke early for a 4-2 lead, Yunchaokete came back instantly leveling out the score. It wasn’t until after two saved set points that Murray managed to dominate and take control by winning the tie-breaker.
The second set saw more frustration from Murray’s end when he missed out on a break point for leading with 3-2 but was able to achieve it later and then served out the match ending it with his 16th ace of the day.
Burrage Defeated Despite Going One Set Up Against Miyazaki
Jodie Burrage, British number two, unfortunately fell short despite going up one set against compatriot Yuriko Miyazaki who won eventually at Surbiton event with a final scoreline reading 3-6, 6-2, and finally closing off at 6 -4.
Burrage had been expected as leading contender replacing Emma Raducanu as British number one; however she needed to reach at least quarter-finals which wasn’t achieved. Raducanu had to miss the French Open and will recover from minor surgeries on her ankle and hands before playing in Wimbledon.
Harriet Dart, on the other hand, fought back from a set down against Belgian Magali Kempen to win 2-6 6-4 6-3. She will face top seed Tatjana Maria next after defeating Carole Monnet of France with a scoreline reading 6-4, 2-6, and closing off at 6 -3.
Andy Murray is currently ranked at number #43 in ATP rankings worldwide; he needs to climb about ten positions for being seeded in Wimbledon where he has won twice earlier.
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