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Murray and Hingis on glory trail in the mixed doubles

 

By Jack Pitt-Brooke

It was a good day for the big British names in the mixed doubles as first Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis and then reigning champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen progressed to the semi-finals, raising the exciting prospect of them facing each other in the final - and a half-British title after all.

First Murray and Hingis had an entertaining 6-4 6-4 win over all-British pair Ken Skupski and Jocelyn Rae.

Murray and Hingis won 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court to the delight of a crowd who had just seen Johanna Konta beaten easily by Venus Williams.

They were just too brisk and inventive for Skupski and Rae, racing to a 33-minute first set win. The second set was just as quick and when Skupski overhit a return from Murray's serve it was enough to propel them into the semis.

It would be a remarkable triumph for Hingis, 20 years on from her first women's singles title here which she won as a teenager.

Since then she has become a doubles specialist, winning the mixed doubles here two years ago. Jamie Murray, brother of Andy, won the mixed doubles title 10 years ago alongside Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

Murray and Hingis will be joined in the semi-finals by another half-British pair after Watson and Kontinen, who won this title here last year, made it through a tiring three-set match against Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 7-5. They will face Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina today.

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