French Open 2016: Brit round up day five

Day five saw more Brits in action, mostly on the doubles circuit. Here Vavel take a look back at the day

French Open 2016: Brit round up day five
Bruno Soares, left, and Jamie Murray, right, in action. (Pic:

Jamie Murray & Bruno Soares kicked off their French Open campaign. The fourth seeds were playing against Evgeny Donskoy & Andrey Kuznetsov. The Russians struggled from the start against the Australian Open champions, and were not able to make any in roads into the service games of the Brit/Brazilian.

The fourth seeds were barely troubled in both sets and obtained the break of serve needed to take them comfortably. The Brit/Brazilian pair were far too strong for the Russian opponents, and won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

Later on, Murray was back on court to start his campaign in the mixed doubles. Playing with Hao-Ching Chan of Taipei, Murray is top seed in the mixed. The first round saw Murray & Chan play the Australian team of John Peers & Daria Garilova. The Brit/Taipei pair were far too strong for the Australians, with Murray against his former partner Peers it proved to be a very one sided match.

Murray & Chan dominated the match, taking the first set with a breadstick set 6-1. The second set was still very comfortable for the top seeds, as they took the match in straight sets, the score in the second was 6-2.

Hao-Ching Chan and Murray (Source: Getty)
Hao-Ching Chan and Murray (Source: Getty)

Heather Watson

After defeating Nicole Gibbs in the first round of the singles, the pair teamed up together for the ladies doubles. Their opponents in the first round were Germans Sabine Lisicki & Andrea Petkovic which was going to be tricky. So it proved for the Brit/American pairing, although keeping the match close Watson & Gibbs unfortunately dropped serve in each set, meaning they lost in straight sets to the Germans 6-4 6-4

Heather Watson (Source:
Heather Watson (Source: Eurosport) 

Jocelyn Rae & Anna Smith

The Brits are not seeded, but are ranked number 79 in the world, and took on the Japanese pair of Miyu Kato & Kurumi Nara. The lower ranked opponents suprised Rae & Smith by breaking to take a set lead. 

It didn't take long for the Brits to sort themselves out, and forcing a tiebreak in the second set, Rae & Smith sealed the set and levelled up taking the breaker 7-5. There would be a one set shoot out to decide the winners. The Brits were now on top form and the final set was soon in the bag and Rae & Smith into the next round .

In the singles and Aljaz Bedene was playing Pablo Carreno Busta. The Brit was the underdog in the match as the Spaniard is ranked higher. Bedene had a two set lead, before surrending the next two sets. This meant there would be a one set shoot out to decide who would get the honour of playing Novak Djokovic in the next round. Bedene eventually came out on top 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 4-6 5-7 6-2 to secure the match against the world number one.