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14 July 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 14/07/17 10:54pm

Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Martina Hingis of Switzerland celebrate victory after their Mixed Doubles semi-final

Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Martina Hingis of Switzerland celebrate victory after their Mixed Doubles semi-final

Wimbledon is guaranteed a British champion after Heather Watson and Jamie Murray reached the mixed doubles final with different partners.

Defending champions Watson and Henri Kontinen overcame the second seeds Bruno Soares and Elena Vesnina on Court One on Friday night, and their hard-fought 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 victory sett up a Sunday clash with Murray and 22-time grand slam winner Martina Hingis.

In a commanding Centre Court performance, Murray and Hingis beat Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner and Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2 7-5 to justify their status as the top seeds.

Murray, who was a champion in the event alongside Jelena Jankovic 10 years ago, was not intending to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon until Swiss great Hingis asked him.

The proposal from the 36-year-old was one Murray did not hesitate over.

“I haven’t really played that much in the last couple of years but for me it was a great opportunity to play with Martina,” Murray said.

“She’s an amazing player and has shown that all this week and I’m really glad I decided to play.

“It’s great to be in a grand slam final and I’m really looking forward to it on Sunday. It’ll be a great occasion for us.”

Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen are back in the mixed doubles final

Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen are back in the mixed doubles final

Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen are back in the mixed doubles final

And 31-year-old Murray would love their partnership to continue in future grand slams.

“I hope so, from my side,” Murray said. “If you’ve got a great partner, it makes it easier to commit to.”

Watson was asked about the prospect of facing Murray across the net and said: “It’s just another match, really.

“It’s great that two Brits are in the final, but it doesn’t really make any difference. They’re both really great players and it should be a really fun match.”

She accepted the presence of two British players might mean the crowd is split, but said: “I think the atmosphere’s going to be great.”


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