13 October 2012

Britons in both ATP and WTA final

It has been a long time since we had British women getting into WTA finals on the main tour. Before the Laura Robson did so in the Guangzhou Open three weeks ago it had not happened since 1990. The men with John Lloyd, Jeremy Bates, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski had more success at ATP level in that period before Andy Murray came along and broke the men's longer Slam title duck earlier this year.

However, this weekend has to be the first time in a long while that British men and women will both be competing in a singles final in the main tour events on the same day.

Robson who, for the first time in a WTA event,was seeded 8th got beaten in the quarter finals of the Japan Open in Osaka but Heather Watson will seek a little British revenge when she faces Robson's unseeded opponent Chang Kai-chen of Taipei in the final tomorrow.

While for the men there is no national rivalry for supremacy like Robson and Watson are currently experiencing there is one man who is battling the best in the world week in week out. He is looking to win his third successive Shanghai Masters title tomorrow after once again beating Roger Federer in today's semi-final. But Andy Murray will have to beat Novak Djokovic in tomorrows final. Djokovic may lead their head to head series 8-7 but the last meeting of the two was that US Open final that has given Andy the confidence to strive to be world number one by the end of next year.

But it wasn't just in the singles that success has happened this week. In Japan Heather along with her partner and Japanese legend Kimiko Date-Krumm are through to the final of the women's doubles. While in Shanghai Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchings just missed out on a place in the men's doubles final 10-8 in the champion's tiebreak to India's Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi.

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