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AUSSIE NO.1 DE MINAUR CRASHES OUT OF WIMBLEDON



Three Aussie men took to the courts at SW19 with the hopes of advancing through to the third round at Wimbledon with only Chris O’Connell completing that task after a dominant victory.


O’Connell began the match with a break point early on in the first set as he tried to combat the strong left-handed serve of Jiri Vesely.


The Aussie was able to snatch the first set 6-3 with relative ease before Vesely showed a stronger hand during the second set.


O’Connell scored in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 with his next opponent, Chris Eubanks to come with added challenges with Eubanks defeated Cameron Norrie in the second round.


Unfortunately for both Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler, their Wimbledon campaigns ended later on in the day.


For de Minaur, Matteo Berrettini came with an additional layer of pressure given the Italian was a Wimbledon finalist in 2021.


Berrettini had all the right answers as he displayed his powerful serve which stifled de Minaur and largely led to his straight sets win 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.


Speaking at the conclusion of the match, de Minaur spoke of how disappointing it was to bail out prematurely in only the second round.


“This one will obviously sit with me for a while. Yeah, I'm not happy at all. It's a pretty bad situation to be in,” he said.


“I'm probably more disappointed in the fact of being out in the second round.”


Jason Kubler was the last Aussie to feature in the singles on day five with a relatively tight contest in the opening two sets as he played Nicolas Jarry.


After losing the first set, Kubler showed strong endeavour again in the second set to take it 7-5 but fell away in the final two sets of the match.


Jarry was able to take charge and edged away to win 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.


The doubles action also featured a cast of Australians on day five including Daria Saville who paired up with Kateryna Baindl of Ukraine.


The duo were able to advance to the second round of the Ladies Doubles with a straight sets win over Anna-Lena Friedsam and Mayar Sherif 6-4, 7-5.


Meanwhile singles qualifier Storm Hunter teamed up with Elise Mertens to also win in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 against Nadiia Kichenok and Alicja Rosolska.


Gentleman’s singles action featured Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler who backed up from his singles defeat earlier in the afternoon.


The Australian Open champions were able to ease their way to a win in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, with the match lasting less than an hour against Marco Cecchinato and Thiago Monteiro.


Matt Ebden also took to the courts as he teamed up with Rohan Bopanna as they defeated Guillermo Duran, Tomas Martin Etcheverry in three sets 6-2, 6(5)-7, 7(10)-6


The mixed doubles action concluded the day with Alex de Minaur playing with partner Katie Boulter as they defeated Aussies John Peers and Storm Hunter 6-2, 6-4.

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