Sport in Brief: Victory in singles gives Murray a happy return
Sunday 15 March 2009
Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a hard-fought victory over Albert Montanes last night. Murray battled to a 7-5 6-3 win in his first singles match since being forced to withdraw before his quarter-final with Richard Gasquet in Dubai last month.
The British No 1 had partnered Ross Hutchins to victory in the doubles on Friday and was pleased to come through another testing clash in hot conditions. "I feel OK, I knew it was going to be a tough match," Murray said. "He's a tough player, he plays a lot closer to the baseline on hard courts.
I'm pretty happy with the way I came back after going a break down in the first set." Murray saved two break points before Montanes secured that opening break in the third game of the set but the Spaniard was made to pay for crucial errors as the match progressed.
A double fault gifted Murray the break back and although he saved two set points in the 10th game, another double fault in the 12th game handed Murray the set. Murray had to save a break point in the fifth game of the second set but, after breaking for a 5-3 lead, served out for the match and a welcome win.
Edwards has England on brink of Cup final
Captain Charlotte Edwards produced a superb all-round performance as England's women cricketers took an important step towards a place in the World Cup final. They beat New Zealand by 31 runs in Sydney on the opening day of the Super Six phase and are now the only unbeaten team in the competition. Edwards top-scored with 57 as England reached 201 for 5 in their 50 overs. The 29-year-old then took 4 for 37 with her leg-spin as the White Ferns were bowled out for 170. The victory was made doubly sweet with the news of India's 16-run victory over hosts Australia. England can make certain of a place in the final if they beat West Indies on Tuesday.
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