Bloomfield and Marray keep the flag flying

By MIKE DICKSON

Last updated at 00:10 03 July 2007


British fans enjoyed a rare reason

to be cheerful yesterday as Jonny

Marray and Richard Bloomfield

toppled No 16 seeds Mariusz

Fyrstenberg and Lukasz Kubot in

the men's doubles.

The home wildcard pair, who both

lost in the singles first round, are

through to the last 16 after

launching a series of comebacks

which thrilled the crowd.

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Richard Bloomfield

They

showed impressive mental and

physical strength to claim a hardfought

6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 success in

two hours, 41 minutes.

Bloomfield, from Norwich, and

Sheffield's Marray were down a

break in the fourth set before

coming back to nick it at the death

with a late break and make the last

16, where they join Jamie Murray

and American Eric Butorac.

However, their dubious reward is a

meeting with top-seeded twins

and defending champions Bob and

Mike Bryan.

Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova dodged

the showers to claim a 6-3, 7-6 win

over Virginia Ruano Pascual in the

ladies' singles. Petrova was asked a

few tough questions as the Spanish

veteran staged a late fightback,

but answered them all to dash

Pascual's hopes of reaching the

fourth round for the first time

since 1998.

The straight sets success set up a

fourth-round clash with Ana

Ivanovic, and the Serb admits she

faces another difficult test.

"It's definitely going to be a very

tough match because she's a great

player and on grass she has very

good potential with her serve and

strokes," she said. "She hits pretty

hard and has a very flat serve. I

need to move forward more and

and try to be aggressive and

dominate first."

Nicole Vaidisova, the No 14 seed,

booked a date with reigning

champion Amelie Mauresmo after

seeing off Victoria Azarenka in

straight sets.

Vaidisova won the

tussle of the talented teenagers as

the 18-year-old Czech brushed

aside her 17-year-old rival 6-4, 6-2.

The result ensured she equalled

her best performance here, which

she achieved last year.

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