Eastbourne 2009 – Fleming & Skupski Through to QF

Aegon ChampionshipsThe British wild card team of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski, who stunned the number 1 ranked team in the world the Bryan brothers last week at Queen’s Club have claimed yet another scalp.

They defeated the 15th ranked team in the world Brazilian duo Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 at the AEGON Championships at Eastbourne.

Skupski and Fleming are really grabbing the opportunity they have been given over the last two weeks – last week’s Queens Club event was the first ever ATP tour level the event the duo have competed at, between them they had only ever played three ATP tour level matches.

The duo have been playing together since October 2008 and have so far posted great results on the futures and challengers tour and are proving that they belong on the full tour. They posted two wins last week at Queens before losing a championship tie break to the 5th ranked team in the world after they themselves had match points.

Fleming will be doubly glad to have posted a win today after losing his singles match yesterday, he gave up a chance to qualify for the singles at Wimbledon to take the wild card here in both doubles and singles events.

The duo will face the winner of the match between 3rd seeds Bruno Soares & Kevin Ullyett and Jonathan Erlich and Britain’s own Jamie Murray, that match will be settled by a championship tie break after the match was halted at 1 set each this evening.

Other Brit Ross Hutchins and his Partner Stephen Huss lost yesterday 4-6 7-6(4) 10-3 to 2nd seeds Knowles & Buhpathi. Hutchins is currently the 34th best ranked doubles player in the world.