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Murray family bid is over as Jamie exits

By Nick Purewal

Jamie Murray's bid for a second Wimbledon mixed doubles title ended as he and Casey Dellacqua were knocked out yesterday.

The 28-year-old Scot and his Australian partner took veteran Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Chinese Taipei's Chan Hao-ching to a deciding set but went down 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the quarter-final clash.

Murray landed the title in 2007 with Serbian Jelena Jankovic but he and Dellacqua, the 10th seeds, were overpowered by their 14th-seeded opponents.

Mirnyi is a former men's doubles world number one and is also targeting his second Wimbledon mixed doubles title, having triumphed in 1998 with a 16-year-old Serena Williams, who was winning her first grand slam.

Murray and Dellacqua were followed in being bundled out by the all-British pair of Neal Skupski and Naomi Broady, who lost 6-4 6-3 to Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi and Russian Vera Dushevina, with a volley from Broady landing well out of play to seal their fate.

The beaten pairs each netted prize money of £11,500 for reaching the last eight.

Meanwhile, Britain's last hope of junior singles success at Wimbledon was extinguished as Josh Sapwell lost in the quarter-finals of the boys' event.

Sapwell's run through the draw came to an end when the 18-year-old lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to France's Johan Sebastien Tatlot.

The British teenager, from Flitwick, Bedfordshire, is ranked a lowly 157th in the junior world rankings but kept pace with Tatlot during the first set, during which neither player faced a break point on serve.

Sapwell faltered in the tie-break though before 18-year-old Tatlot, ranked ninth in the juniors, sprinted through the second set with a pair of breaks in 23 minutes.

The last Briton in the junior doubles bowed out after an exhausting clash in the shadows of Court One.

Katie Boulter, from Leicestershire, and Serbian partner Ivana Jorovic were a break ahead on Court 19 in the deciding set but lost 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 9-7 to Hungarian Fanny Stollar and Argentina-born American Usue Maitane Arconada.

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