Watson exits doubles; Marray wins

  • Last Updated: January 17 2013, 13:23 GMT

News of Thursday's action with British involvement in the doubles at the Australian Open.

Heather Watson and Marina Erakovic lost out
Heather Watson and Marina Erakovic lost out

Heather Watson could not make it two wins in two days as she exited the women's doubles at the first-round stage.

Watson, who saved three match points on her way to beating Ksenia Pervak in the second round of the singles on Wednesday, and partner Marina Erakovic from New Zealand went down 6-4 6-0 to ninth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke.

There was also disappointment for three more Britons - Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski - as they were beaten 6-0 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 by Polish pair Tomasz Bednarek and Jerzy Janowicz in the men's event.

Dominic Inglot, playing with Filipino Treat Conrad Huey, went down 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (10/8) 6-3 to the fourth seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau.

There was better news, however, for Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray.

The 31-year-old, who won at SW19 alongside Frederik Nielsen last year, has teamed up with Brazilian Andre Sa for this tournament and the pair edged out Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay in their opener.

The Slovakian duo claimed the opening set but 16th seeds Marray and Sa hit back to win 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7/5).

The Dutch duo of Robin Haase - beaten by Andy Murray in the singles - and Igor Sijsling will be the next opponents for Marray and Sa.

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