Alicia Barnett is a Wimbledon quarter-finalist as Team Bath Tennis ace and Jonny O’Mara enjoy memorable win over Jamie Murray and Venus Williams
Alicia Barnett is through to the Wimbledon mixed doubles quarter-finals after the Team Bath Tennis ace and partner Jonny O’Mara beat Jamie Murray and Venus Williams in a three-set rollercoaster on Sunday.
A wonderfully entertaining encounter on Court 2 saw Barnett and O’Mara, who had beaten 2021 US Open finalists Marcelo Arevalo and Giuliana Olmos 6-2 3-6 7-5 in the first round, save five match points during a dramatic final-set tie-break before sealing a memorable 3-6 6-4 7-6(18-16) success.
Murray and Williams, who have seven mixed doubles Grand Slam titles between them, won the first set and were 4-2 up in the second before Barnett and O’Mara put together a run of four straight games to level the match.
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They were again a break down in the decisive set but struck back to take it to a tie-break, which proved to be a real rollercoaster as both partnerships had five chances to win the match.
Eventually it was Barnett – coached by Ian MacDonald at the Team Bath Sports Training Village – and O’Mara who managed to come through amid an electric atmosphere and take their place in the last eight.
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