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Watson and Hutchins bow out in mixed doubles

Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson on No.1 Court
by Helen Gilbert
Friday 27 June 2014

Much has been written about Heather Watson’s "lucky dress" and following her singles defeat to Angelique Kerber yesterday she was quizzed on the outfit she would wear in her ladies' doubles. “I think for doubles I'm going to wear the skirt and top like I did for mixed doubles,” she replied.

Only when she strolled out on No.1 court with partner Ross Hutchins for her opening round match against Mikhail Elgin and Anastasia Rodionova she wasn’t wearing a two piece ensemble but the illustrious dress she’d shared a picture of on Instagram.

Earlier in the week she had lost in the ladies’ doubles to the No.6 seeded Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua so perhaps she considered the jazzy attire would bring her some good fortune.

Although the first set escaped the British duo, they raced to a 4-0 lead in the second and when they broke Rodionova’s serve to love in the seventh game, largely due to an onslaught of blistering winners distributed between the home grown pair, they had levelled the match at one set all.

The competitors saved the best rallies  for the final set as the light began to fade and the spectators enjoyed the carnival party atmosphere the contest before was generating.
Ultimately, the native pair would not convert the win bowing out 6-1, 1-6, 7-9.

Elsewhere, Lukas Rosol was another player who endured a busy 24 hours. The day after Rafael Nadal earned his revenge over him in the men’s singles, the 6ft 5in Czech was swept out of both the men’s and mixed doubles within hours of each other.

Despite a close first set, he and fellow Czech Klara Koukalova were sent packing by Martin Klizan and Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-0. Switzerland’s Bencic had enjoyed success just hours before conquering American qualifier Victoria Duval in the ladies' singles to book a place in the third round.

Another player to fall in their main draw singles campaign but re-emerge in the mixed was China’s Shuai Zhang, partnering American Nicholas Monroe. The team comfortably overcame British pair James Ward and Anna Smith 6-2, 7-5.

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