Jamie Murray and ‘steady partner’ Peers cruise through

John Peers, left and Jamie Murray. Picture: Getty
John Peers, left and Jamie Murray. Picture: Getty
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Jamie Murray insists his Wimbledon ambitions are back on track since he’s started ‘going steady’ with partner John Peers.

Murray, a mixed doubles winner here seven years ago, has won 11 titles with six different partners since then but in Australian Peers he appears to have found the perfect foil.

They’ve won four tournaments on three surfaces since forming their partnership 18 months ago and brushed aside Britain’s Dan Evans and James Ward 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in their opening men’s doubles match yesterday.

“I really believe we can do well in this tournament,” said Murray. “We’ve been going steady for 18 months now and each time we step on the court, we’ve got a clear plan of what our goals and objectives are.

“It’s nice to have a direction, it’s nice to feel that we’re a team.”

In the women’s singles, new hope Tara Moore refused to be downbeat after nearly pulling off a memorable Wimbledon shock.

The British No. 5 had two chances to serve for the match against former All England Club finalist Vera Zvonareva, but admitted nerves got the better of her when the big moment came.

“She has been ranked number two in the world and I’ve pushed her right to the limits,” said Moore, following her 4-6, 7-6, 9-7 first round defeat.

There was also disappointment for Britain’sNaomi Broady, who went down 6-3, 6-2 to former world No.1 Carolina Wozniacki.

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