SCOTTISH tennis star Jamie Murray – who is patron of Hibs’ Community Foundation – teamed up with Australia’s John Peers to win the men’s doubles final at the Thailand Open in Bangkok.
The third seeds needed just 71 minutes to get the better of fourth-seeded duo Tomasz Bednarek and Johan Brunstrom 6-3, 3-6 in sets and winning the champions tie break 10-6.
The victory was the third for Murray and Peers since they paired up at the start of this year, following on from titles in Houston and Gstaad.
Milos Raonic, meanwhile, upset top seed Tomas Berdych in the final of the men’s singles to claim his second title of the season.
The 22-year-old Canadian fired down 18 aces in an encounter lasting just 77 minutes as he swatted aside his Czech opponent 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
The third seed won 95 per cent of his first service points in textbook display of power and accuracy, leaving Berdych as the only player inside the world’s top ten still to claim a title in 2013.
“I think I’m playing great tennis, I’m serving really well, I’m doing a lot of good things,” said world No. 11 Raonic, whose win boosts his hopes of appearing in the end-of-season World Tour Finals in London.
“If I keep that up I think I’ll have opportunities and will put myself in a good position, no matter who I play.”
Reflecting on his chances of reaching the London showpiece, he added on atpworldtour.com: “It would mean a lot, it was a goal.”
Laura Robson beat a top-50 player for the first time since her run to the fourth round of Wimbledon as the teenager overcame Klara Zakopalova in the first round of the China Open in Beijing. After a tight opening two sets, British No. 1 Robson stormed home to win 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1 against the world No. 33 from Czech Republic in just over two hours.
Robson memorably beat tenth seed Maria Kirilenko on her way to the fourth round in south-west London and was a quarter-finalist in Guanghzou a fortnight ago as she has risen to 38 in the world rankings.