Jamie Murray suffers double exit from Australian Open as he loses to former partner John Peers in men’s doubles before bowing out of mixed event with Bethanie Mattek-Sands hours later
- Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares lost 6-3, 6-4 to John Peers and Henri Kontinen
- Peers, who used to partner Murray, and Kontinen progressed to the semi-finals
- After losing his men’s doubles match, Brit Murray returned in the mixed event
- He and Bethanie Mattek-Sands took on Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith
- Sharma and Smith won 6-2, 7-6 to complete a disappointing day for Murray
Jamie Murray’s bid for a third men’s doubles Grand Slam title ended on Wednesday as he and Bruno Soares were beaten by John Peers and Henri Kontinen in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Murray and his Brazilian companion, seeded third, lost 6-3, 6-4 to the 12th seeds on Margaret Court Arena.
Australian Peers, who partnered Murray in 2015 when they reached the final at both Wimbledon and the US Open, was continuing his bid for a second Melbourne title with Kontinen after they triumphed here in 2017.
Jamie Murray (left) and Bruno Soares were defeated in the Australian Open men’s doubles
British star Murray lost his first doubles match on a busy Wednesday on Margaret Court Arena
Australian John Peers (left) and Finland’s Henri Kontinen progressed to the semi-finals
Peers played well against former partner Murray, with whom he reached two Grand Slam finals
And the Aussie-Finnish duo looked in good shape as they took the opening set with a solitary break of serve, which came in game two.
The second set was decided by one break as well, coming in the penultimate game of the match before Peers served it out.
Murray’s day was not done though. He was due back on Margaret Court Arena just hours later to compete alongside America’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands for a place in the last four of the mixed doubles event.
And Murray suffered his second straight-sets defeat of the day as Aussie duo Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith prevailed 6-2, 7-6.
Murray, 31, changed into a white tee-shirt for his second doubles match of a busy day
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands was Murray’s partner in the mixed doubles quarter-finals
Murray and Mattek-Sands were beaten by Aussies Astra Sharma (left) and John-Patrick Smith