Sheffield’s Jonny Marray part of British charge

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SHEFFIELD’S Jonny Marray and doubles partner Andre Sa face a tough second round match at the Australian Open after edging out Lukas Lacko and Igor Zelenay in their opener yesterday.

The Slovakian duo claimed the opening set but 16th seeds Marray and Sa hit back to win 4-6 7-5 7-6 (7/5).

Marray, aged 32, a former St Wilfrid’s school and All Saints school student, and Sa now take on Dutch pair Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling, with the match scheduled to take place in the early hours of tomorrow morning British time.

Marray and Brazilian Sa are seeded 16th for the tournament and have been boosted by seeing second seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek lose their first round match against Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich.

Britain’s number one Andy Murray disposed of Joao Sousa in clinical fashion to ease into the third round of the Australian Open.

The Portuguese was brushed aside 6-2 6-2 6-4 as the world number three advanced to a last-32 meeting with Ricardas Berankis.

Britain’s top woman Heather Watson takes on Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the last 16 today while British No2 Laura Robson and Petra Kvitova played out and epic match, which lasted more than three hours.

Robson eventually prevailed 2-6 6-3 11-9 and will take on young American Sloane Stephens in the third round.

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