British Duo Salisbury, Ram Triumph in Wimbledon Doubles Opener

British Duo Salisbury, Ram Triumph in Wimbledon Doubles Opener

British tennis star Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram began their Wimbledon journey with a dominant straight-set win in the men’s doubles competition. The third-seeded pair triumphed over Norway’s Casper Ruud and the USA’s William Blumberg, 7-5, 6-4, on Court 11.

Salisbury and Ram have an impressive record with four Grand Slam titles together, including three consecutive US Open victories. However, they have yet to overcome the Wimbledon hurdle, never progressing beyond the semi-final stage in the men’s doubles.

Wimbledon’s fourth day promises thrilling doubles action with 15 matches featuring British players. Highlighting the day is the legendary Andy Murray, partnering with his brother Jamie, in their final Wimbledon appearance before Andy’s retirement later this year. Their highly anticipated match against Australians Rinky Hijikata and John Peers will close the day on Centre Court.

In other British men’s doubles results, Marcus Willis and Jay Clarke exited the tournament after a straight-set loss to Australians Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson. Briton Luke Johnson and his Indian partner N. Sriram Balaji also bowed out following a close encounter against Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Mate Pavic of Croatia.

The reigning champions, Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof, are not playing together this year. Skupski has teamed up with Michael Venus of New Zealand, while Koolhof joins forces with Croatia’s Nikola Mektic.

On the women’s side, Briton Olivia Nicholls and Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova caused an upset by defeating the sixth-seeded pairing of Demi Schuurs (Brazil) and Luisa Stefani (Netherlands) in straight sets. Lily Miyazaki, who suffered a singles defeat earlier in the day, found redemption in the doubles alongside Emily Appleton.

The British duo battled back from a set down to defeat the Chinese team of Zhu Lin and Wang Xiyu in a thrilling tie-break decider.

However, there were disappointments for other British women’s doubles pairings. Tara Moore and Sarah Beth Grey fell short against the strong American-Australian duo of Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez. Naiktha Bains and Amelia Rajecki’s campaign also ended after a defeat to the Hungarian-Ukrainian team of Timea Babos and Nadiia Kichenok.