Wins keep coming for Venus at Wimbledon

Tuesday, 11 July 2023

Michael Venus and Jamie Murray have won their third round match 6-4 6-3 in the men’s doubles at Wimbledon, knocking out the No 4 seeds Jan Zielinski from Poland and Monaco’s Hugo Nys.

Venus and Murray, who are the No 13 seeds, will split £75,000 (NZ$156,500) for making it into the last eight teams in the men’s doubles and in the next round they’ll take on Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz, who are both from Germany.

There was a long delay before their third round match could start because of a shower and Venus had his right arm heavily strapped, no doubt due to the elbow problem which forced him to pull out of playing with Bianca Andreescu in the mixed doubles.

Venus and Murray quickly got into their work, breaking Zielinski’s serve in the third game. Venus fell behind 0-30 when serving for the set, but then he found his groove again and sent down an ace on set point.

In the opening game of the second set, Zielinski was broken to love, with Venus hitting a screamer of a return down the line for a winner at 0-40.

Murray and Zielinski were both broken as the set progressed, then at 3-5 Venus and Murray had a match point on Nys’s serve, Venus put the return deep and crosscourt and the Pole could only fend the ball into the net.

That was the signal to send 4000 spectators into delight as Venus and one of the few remaining Brits at Wimbledon stay alive.

“We’re super excited to be through to the quarterfinals and not have to go three sets this time,” Venus said after the match,” Venus said of the match.

“We did a really good job today returning, we got into a lot of points and broke four times in the match, which if we’re able to do, we’re going to be in a good position.

“That was really pleasing, I felt I could have served a bit better and there are a few other areas to keep tuning up and improving on, but that’s exciting going forward.

“So we’re looking forward to building on that and the next match.”

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