Mixed doubles final: Murray/Hingis bt Kontinen/Watson - Centre Court

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 17, 2017

Andy Murray and Johanna Konta may have fell just short in the singles, but Jamie Murray ensured that there was at least one British victor at Wimbledon this fortnight, as he yesterday won the mixed doubles title alongside Martina Hingis.

Yesterday marked 20 years since Hingis beat Jana Novotna in the women's singles final, while a decade ago Murray was celebrating his first mixed doubles title, alongside Jelena Jankovic.

"I approached Jamie because he is a very nice guy and everybody knew I had been..." Obviously took me a long time to get a second one. He said he came, like, in the middle of the first set.

"It's great that two Brits are in the final, but it doesn't really make any difference", Watson said.

Murray's win followed other British success at the championships: Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid were victorious in the men's wheelchair doubles, while Jordanne Whiley, partnered by the Japanese Yui Kamiji, won the women's wheelchair doubles for the fourth successive time.

And despite losing her title, Watson said she had enjoyed playing in front of such a partisan set of supporters. It's been a great tournament all around. "It's going to take something pretty special to potentially take my eye off the ball with it". When she texted me it was an easy decision and it's great to have the trophy again.

Hingis told the BBC: "I'm really happy I contacted Jamie before Wimbledon started".

The crowd's support was certainly evenly spread, but Murray was the star of the show and he earned the first break with a dart across the net, but a poor game from Hingis allowed Watson and Kontinen instantly to hit back.

Kontinen and Watson had two chances to break the Murray serve at 3-2 up in the second set but could not take them.

The 25-year-old Channel Islander reflected afterwards on her first ever loss with Kontinen. Murray and Hingis have yet to discuss future plans but it seems likely they will defend their title next summer and they may even play together in the US Open later this summer. 'I think he just waited in the lockers. Hopefully we don't feel it again.

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