Tennis: Marray and Fleming move into the last four

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Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and doubles partner Colin Fleming are through to the semi-finals of the Aegon International in Eastbourne after victory today.

The British pair saw off American Eric Butorac and Israel’s Andy Ram in straight sets 7-5 7-6(2) in just over 77 minutes of action.

Marray and Fleming will now play Denmark’s Freddie Nielsen - Marray’s partner during their Wimbledon triumph last year - and Poland’s Marcin Matkowski in the last four on Thursday.

It is turning into a good tournament for Marray and Fleming, who have been seeded ninth for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday at the All England Club in south-west London.

The other semi-final will see Jamie Murray and John Peers take on No 1 seeds Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya.

There was less good news in the singles as Laura Robson, Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha all crashed out in the second round today.

British No 1 Robson lost 6-4 6-4 against former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki, Watson was beaten 6-1 3-6 6-2 by Russia’s Elena Vesnina and Baltacha too Russia’s Maria Kirilenko all the way 4-6 6-4 6-3 over a tough two hours 33 minutes.

And in the men’s draw 18-year-old Kyle Edmund from Hull battled bravely but eventually went down against No 2 seed Gilles Simon 7-6(5) 7-6(3).

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