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Australian Open 2023: Britain’s Neal Skupski knocked out of both doubles events

Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof

Neal Skupski (left) and Wesley Koolhof are the world number one pair in men’s doubles
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 16-29 January
Coverage: Commentary every day from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra ‘Tennis Breakfast’ live from Melbourne, with selected live text commentaries and match reports on the BBC Sport website & app

Neal Skupski’s Australian Open hopes were dashed as the Briton suffered two doubles defeats in one day.

Skupski and Wesley Koolhof were stunned by Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler in the men’s doubles quarter-finals.

The top seeds were beaten 6-3 6-1 by the Australian wildcards.

Skupski then lost in the mixed doubles semi-finals with American Desirae Krawczyk, going down 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 10-6 to Indian duo Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.

He had been hoping to reach back-to-back Grand Slam finals with Dutchman Koolhof after finishing as runners-up at the 2022 US Open.

“On a personal level I was quite sluggish today. I don’t know if it was from a late evening last night after the mixed. I just didn’t feel right on the court. It was very disappointing because we’ve been playing well,” said Liverpudlian Skupski.

“Mixed doubles was on pretty quick after the men’s, just over an hour. It’s one of those things, it came down to a match tie-break again. I thought we could have made a lot more returns.”

Hijikata and Kubler are playing their first tournament as a partnership.

They will take on eighth seeds Marcel Granollers of Spain and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina in the last four.

Skupski and Krawczyk have won the past two Wimbledon mixed doubles titles but have never reached the final at Melbourne Park.

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