Murray, Venus progress at French Open

Briton Jamie Murray and Michael Venus produced an impressive second-set fightback to reach the third round of the men’s doubles at the French Open.

Murray and New Zealand’s Venus trailed Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 5-1 in the second set before taking six successive games for a 6-1 7-5 win.

They will face 2022 champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Marcelo Arevalo next.
Dutchman Rojer and Argentine Arevalo defeated Colombian Nicolas Barrientos and American Robert Galloway 6-2 6-2.

After comfortably taking the opening set with three breaks of serve, Murray and Venus looked destined for a deciding set against two-time major winners Cabal and Farah on court 11 when they went a double break down in the second.

Beginning their comeback with a break to reduce the deficit to 5-3, Murray and Venus then saved two set points in game nine before completing the turnaround with a further two breaks of serve against the Colombians, who have won 19 doubles titles together.

Also in the men’s doubles on day five at Roland Garros, Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliovaara, the fifth seeds, take on Belarusian Ilya Ivashka and Australian Alexei Popyrin.

Meanwhile, former US Open champion Emma Raducanu has split with coach Sebastian Sachs, her fifth coach in less than two years.

Sachs joined the Briton’s team in December after former coach Dmitry Tursunov warned of “red flags”.

Raducanu was forced to miss the French Open and will not return for Wimbledon this year as she recovers from minor surgeries on her ankle and hands.

The 20-year-old has now dropped out of the top 100 in the women’s world rankings.
“I have really enjoyed Seb’s coaching and working with him, it’s unfortunate that circumstances made it unfeasible for both of us to continue right now and we have decided to part ways,” Raducanu posted on her Twitter account.

“I wish Seb all the best moving forwards.”
Raducanu’s 2021 US Open win is her only singles title as she has struggled with injuries and a revolving door of coaching staff.