Wimbledon: Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, Jamie Murray & Skupski brothers lose


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Heather Watson (left) has played on every day of this year's Wimbledon championships
Heather Watson (left) has played on every day of this year’s Wimbledon championships
Venue: All England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
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Heather Watson was looking forward to a rest and Ken Skupski brought the curtain down on his career on a day of British doubles defeats at Wimbledon.

Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares also bowed out of the men’s doubles, along with Neal Skupski and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof.

Joe Salisbury will be the only Briton in the men’s or women’s quarter-finals.

Watson, whose singles campaign ended on Sunday, had played on every day of these championships.

She and fellow Briton Harriet Dart were beaten 5-7 6-4 6-2 by Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the last 16.

“Right now, I just can’t wait for a rest and to catch up on sleep,” Watson, 30, said.

“Sleep, eat, not pick up a racquet. I hate warm-ups I’ve done so many of them now. Switch off from the tennis and live life a little bit now. We’re having a barbecue at Harriet’s house.”

Ken Skupski ends career

In front of a half-full court 12, Ken Skupski played what turned out to be the final match of his career.

The 39-year-old had said before the championships that his 14th Wimbledon would be the last event he played.

He and compatriot Jonny O’Mara were beaten 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-4 by German 11th seeds Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.

Skupski, playing in the doubles main draw of a Grand Slam for the 41st time, was first hugged by O’Mara and then by both his opponents at the net in acknowledgement of a career that has featured two Grand Slam men’s doubles quarter-finals, including Wimbledon in 2017.

After packing up his racquets, he stood up and waved at his team and the watching fans before heading off the court for the final time.

His brother Neal Skupski was not able to witness his retirement as he was in the middle of his own match on court 18.

The younger Skupski and Dutch partner Koolhof, who were the ATP Tour’s best-performing pair in 2022 coming into the tournament, were beaten 7-5 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-5 by Australians Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell despite the third seeds’ best efforts to stage a fightback.

Meanwhile, ninth seeds Murray and Soares lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 4-6 6-4 to seventh seeds John Peers of Australia and Filip Polasek of Slovakia as their bid for a third Grand Slam title together came to an end.

There is still British representation in the mixed doubles, where Neal Skupski – defending champion with American Desirae Krawczyk – and O’Mara and Alicia Barnett are in the quarter-finals.


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