Ken & Jamie’s fantastic year continued at the US open where they reached the 3rd round. In the first round the British pairing defeated Johan Brunstrom & James Cerretani 4-6 6-4 6-3. This set them up for a crack at the defending champions and number 10 seeds Jurgen Melzer & Philip Petzschner. The match was incredibly tight but it was Ken and Jamie who held their nerve to win 7-6 7-6.
In the third round they came up against the Spaniards, Marcell Granollers and Marc Lopez. These guys are unconventional in the fact that neither of them serve and volley. Instead they rely on their huge topspin groundstrokes and this proved key in the match as Ken and Jamie struggled to get a grip on the match. They fell behind early in each set and could never get back on level terms, losing 6-2 6-4. Defeat was no disgrace as the Spaniards were seeded 6th and it brought to an end a successful summer for Ken and Jamie. One which has seen their rankings creep back towards the 50 mark. The lads now head indoors for the remainder of the season.
Ken & Jamie’s quest for a first ATP title together goes after they lost by the smallest of margins in LA. They were facing Ken’s former doubles partner Xavier Malisse and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgian and lost the first set on a tie break. They fought back in the second breaking the Belgians to take the set 6-4. The match was settled on the dreaded match tie break and it was the Belgians who snuck through winning it 10-7.
From the Liverpool Echo
KEN SKUPSKI will still be in action in the second week at Wimbledon, despite defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan ending the Men’s Doubles dream of the Liverpudlian and his partner Jamie Delgado.
The number two seeded Bryan brothers won in straight sets against the British duo.
But there was ample consolation for Ken in the Mixed Doubles.
Alongside Melanie South, the British number seven, the Mossley Hill player overcame the challenge of American pair Eric Butorac and Varvara Lepchenko 7-5, 7-6 to reach the second round.
There they will face Spanish number 14 seeds David Marrero and Nuria Llagostera Vives.
After their straight sets success Skupski tweeted: “Solid performance from Melanie South and myself today. Looking forward to a day off. Golf anyone?”
South replied: “COME ON!! Through to the second week of Wimbledon. My partner is a legend.”
In the Men’s Doubles Skupski and Delgado matched the talented Bryan brothers in the opening round before the Americans claimed the tiebreak, but the number two seeds then raced away and clinched the match 7-6 (2), 6-0, 6-2.