Wimbledon dreams are over after battling doubles defeats for Team Bath MCTA aces

04 July 2015

Grand Slam-seeking Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands proved too strong for Team Bath MCTA Tennis ladies’ doubles pairing Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae at Wimbledon on Saturday.

And Marcus Daniell – who also trains at the University of Bath – saw his men’s doubles campaign ended by Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner despite a battling performance.

Safarova and Mattek-Sands, who have already won the Australian and French Open titles this year, beat the British Federation Cup pairing 6-3 6-0 on Court 8.

New Zealander Daniell, also coached by David Sammel, and Brazilian partner Marcos Demoliner went down fighting on Court 7 in their third-round encounter.

After losing the first set 6-3, they leveled by taking the second 6-4 but Erlich and Petzschner were able to take the next two 6-3 to seal victory – denying Daniell and Demoliner a break-back opportunity in the final game.

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