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Murray aims for more events on road to recovery


By Steve Simpson

Andy Murray has signed up to play in the China Open at the beginning of October as he steps up his return from injury.

The three-time Grand Slam champion is adding more tournaments to his schedule as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

Murray won his first match on hard courts since February 2017 at the Citi Open in Washington yesterday, battling to a three-set victory over American Mackenzie McDonald.

He will play fellow Briton Kyle Edmund in the second round.

The Scot will play the Masters events in Toronto and Cincinnati prior to the US Open and is set to begin his Asian swing at the China Open beginning on October 1.

Murray won the title in Beijing on his last visit in 2016, part of a run of five successive tournament victories that propelled him to World No.1.

Meanwhile, British No.2 Katie Boulter downed fifth seed Aleksandra Krunic in style in the first round of the Citi Open.

Boulter took just 63 minutes to triumph 6-2 6-0 over a player who sits 71 places higher in the world rankings.

The 21-year-old Boulter saved a solitary break point against her serve in the second set as she wrapped up one of the best wins of her career.

Harriet Dart's match against Belinda Bencic was delayed by the rain with the score at 7-5 4-2 in favour of her Swiss opponent.

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