Team Bath ace Marcus Daniell sees Wimbledon quarter-final bid go into second day

11 July 2017

Team Bath MCTA Tennis player Marcus Daniell and his partner Marcelo Demoliner will return to Wimbledon action on Tuesday afternoon as they look to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

Their men’s doubles third-round match against the British Skupski brothers, Ken and Neal, began on Court 3 on Monday night but proved to be an incredibly close affair with just three sets being played before fading light brought a close to play.

Daniell – coached by Dave Sammel and Ian MacDonald – and Demoliner lost the first set on a tie-break but forced the only break of serve to win the second set 7-5 and level the contest.

There was nothing between the pairings again in the third set, which also went to a tie-break. That also proved to be tight fought but it was the Skupski brothers who eventually edged it 9-7 to take a 2-1 lead into the second day of the contest.

The match is scheduled to resume at 12.30pm on Tuesday on Court 3.

To get to this stage, Daniell and Demoliner beat the Australian duo of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-6 6-4 in the second round.

Anna Smith, another player for Team Bath, competed on Court 2 in the second round of the mixed doubles on Saturday. Unfortunately she and partner Neal Skupski were knocked out of the tournament by number-one seeds Jamie Murray and his partner Martina Hingis, who won 6-3 6-0.

Fellow Team Bath player Liam Broady fought well alongside his sister Naomi in their second-round match but went down 4-6 5-7 to Roman Jebany and Lucie Hradecka from the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, up-and-coming Team Bath MCTA star Amelia Bissett travelled to Italy with Great Britain to play in the European Summer Cup last weekend.

On Day 1, GB faced off against Russia who put in a strong performance winning 3-0. Amelia unfortunately lost both sets of her singles match by small margins, 4-6 3-6. She also played doubles with Lily Hutchings against Maria Bondarenko and Polina Kudermetova but once again they couldn’t reach their goal and lost 5-7 1-6.

Amelia also played in the following day’s defeat, losing her singles match 6-4 6-0, but she was victorious in the final day’s contest against Belarus, beating Anasyisa Abramovich 6-7 6-3 6-3. However, a narrow doubles defeat for Amelia and Matilda Mutavdzic in the final rubber meant GB lost 2-1 overall and had to settle for an eighth-placed finish.

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