Perez celebrates doubles triumph as fellow Aussies set final appearances
Ellen Perez is celebrating a fourth WTA title while fellow Australians Matt Ebden, Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson will aim to add to 2022 trophy collections.
Aussies in action – s-Hertogenbosch
Ellen Perez is celebrating a fourth title on the WTA Tour, after combining with Tamara Zidansek to lift the women’s doubles trophy at the Libema Open in s-Hertogenbosch.
It marks a first career title for the Australian-Slovenian duo, who defeated No.1 seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens 6-3 5-7 [10-12] in the final.
Proving cool under pressure, Perez and Zidansek saved a match point to secure victory in an hour and 33 minutes at the grass-court tournament.
12-10 in the championship tiebreak 🥶
— wta (@WTA) June 11, 2022
It marks a first 2022 title for the Wollongong-born Perez, who achieved her title breakthrough alongside Daria Saville at Strasbourg in 2019. In 2021, Perez teamed with countrywoman Astra Sharma to claim the Guadalajara title and was a winner alongside Ulrikke Eikeri, from Norway, in Tenerife.
It was also an impressive day’s work for Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in s-Hertogenbosch, with the Australians booking a third final for the 2022 season with a come-from-behind victory over Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo in the semifinals.
Vying for a second title together, after claiming their first in Houston in March, Ebden and Purcell will meet Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof, the No.2 seeds, in the final.
Women’s doubles, final
Ellen Perez (AUS)/Tamara Zidansek (SLO) d Veronika Kudermetova/Elise Mertens (BEL) 6-3 5-7 [10-12]
Men’s doubles, semifinals
 Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) d Raven Klaasen (RSA)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) 1-6 7-5 [10-6]
Men’s doubles, final
 Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS) d Neal Skupski (GBR)/Wesley Koolhof (NED)
Jordan Thompson defeated fellow Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-2 at the Nottingham Challenger to claim a ninth straight match win on grass.
The semifinal vicotry sees Thompson, the No.3 seed, into a second straight final on UK soil, after his victory in last week’s Surbiton Trophy.
Thompson will face top seed Dan Evans for a chance to lift the trophy.
Aussies in action – Nottingham
Men’s singles, semifinals
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) d  Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-4 6-2
Men’s singles, final
 Jordan Thompson (AUS) ) v  Dan Evans (GBR)
Andy Murray has ended Nick Kyrgios’ winning run at the Boss Open, the Scott claiming a 7-6(5) 6-2 victory in the semifinals.
Former world No.1 Murray took one hour and 31 minutes to book his place in a 70th final on the ATP Tour at the 250-level tournament
Murray faces Matteo Berrettii, the No.2 seed and the 2021 Wimbledon finalist, in the title match.
Aussies in action – Stuttgart
Men’s singles, semifinals
Andy Murray (GBR) d Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6(1) 6-2