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Judy Murray crashes out of Strictly dance contest

By Amanda Ferguson

It's been a bad few days for the Murrays - not only did Andy suffering a mauling at the hands of Roger Federer, but his mum Judy was chucked off Strictly Come Dancing.

The Scottish tennis coach took to the dancefloor for the final time last night after losing in the elimination dance-off to Casualty actress Sunetra Sarker.

The 55-year-old, partnered by 'King of the Ballroom' Anton du Beke, was probably the worst dancer on this year's line up, but survived to the halfway stage thanks to the public vote.

Judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli all voted for the pair to leave the show following their Viennese Waltz to Let's Go Fly a Kite from the musical Mary Poppins. Head judge Len Goodman revealed that he agreed with the verdict, but added: "I'd like to say that I thought tonight's performance was fantastic."

Ahead of this series of Strictly, critics suggested Judy would fail to win public support after Andy declared his support for Scottish independence - but quite the opposite happened. The public was won over by Judy's good grace and cheery disposition when faced with a weekly savaging from the judges.

"Anton has treated everything with the most incredible sense of humour, he is great fun to be around and has made my Strictly experience very, very special," Judy said.

Andy suffered a worse ending to his troubled season than he could possibly have imagined, with humiliation against Roger Federer in front of his home crowd in London last week.

Qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals appeared to be a high point to finish on, but it certainly did not feel that way after a 6-0 6-1 thrashing.

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