First Grand Slam quarter-final for Marcus Daniell as Team Bath Tennis ace marches on at Australian Open

22 January 2018

Team Bath Tennis player Marcus Daniell is through to a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time in his career after another impressive performance in the Australian Open men’s doubles in Melbourne.

Daniell and British partner Dominic Inglot followed up Saturday’s 6-4 6-2 victory over the French pair of Benoit Paire and Hugo Nys by beating Chile’s Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus 6-4 6-3 in Monday’s third-round match.

That has put the duo through to the last eight where they will face the number seven seeds, Austria’s Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic of Croatia.

“They are an experienced and dangerous team but the level we’re bringing to the court at the moment is good enough to beat anyone,” said Daniell, who is coached by Dave Sammel and Ian MacDonald.

Daniell also contested the mixed doubles in Melbourne with China’s YiFan Xu but they were beaten 6-3 5-7 10-2 by the experienced pairing of Bruno Soares and Ekaterina Makarova in their opening match.

Back at home, Team Bath’s Alicia Barnett justified her status as top seed as she won the women’s singles title in the LTA British Tour event at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

Barnett was a 7-5 6-1 victor over Ella Taylor in Saturday’s final, while Jack Findel-Hawkins – who partnered Team Bath’s Luke Johnson to men’s doubles silver at last year’s World University Games – beat University of Bath student Adam Jones 6-4 6-4 in the men’s final.

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