British hopes at Wimbledon are OVER! Last standing Brits Evan Hoyt and Eden Silva beaten by No 3 seeds in mixed doubles quarter-final
- There are no remaining British players competing in the final days at Wimbledon
- Evan Hoyt and Eden Silva were the last Brits standing in the mixed doubles
- But they were beaten 7-5, 7-6 to No 3 seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig
In front of a sparse crowd on Court 2 at the furthest edge of the All England Club, the British challenge at Wimbledon 2019 ended.
Evan Hoyt and Eden Silva represented the last bastion of home hope in the mixed doubles quarter finals but they went down 7-5, 7-6 to No 3 seeds Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig, surrendering a 4-1 lead in both sets and a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak.
That means there will be no senior British players in the final days of Wimbledon.
Eden Silva (left) and Evan Hoyt (right) were the last remaining British players at Wimbledon
But the mixed doubles pair were eliminated on Thursday in the mixed doubles quarter-finals
The home favourites struggled to draw many spectators as a sparse crowd watched on
But for Hoyt and Silva, this fortnight has been a welcome time in the spotlight for two players who have had terrible luck with injuries.
Hoyt was part of the team, with Kyle Edmund, that won Britain’s first ever junior Davis Cup in 2011. But a promising career was derailed by a stress fracture in his back and a shoulder injury.
Fit again, he has won three ITF tour titles this year. Silva had a serious knee problem, which she solved only with the help of ancient Chinese medicine.
The duo’s time at Wimbledon has been a welcome time in the spotlight for both players
Hoyt has struggled with injuries but at times this fortnight has shown he is fit and firing again
They have played some superb doubles this fortnight and hopefully the run can be the spark to reignite their singles careers.
They both started this match brilliantly, with Silva’s double handed backhand proving an especially potent weapon.
But the wildcards played two sloppy games on the Silva serve – two double faults and some poor volleying by Hoyt – and the more experienced pair came back to take the opening set.
Chan was playing brilliantly but the British pair got some joy on her serve again at the start of the second set. Another excellent Silva return beat Dodig at the net and just as in the opener they were a break up.
This time Silva consolidated the break on her serve and brought up a 5-2 lead. But Hoyt failed to serve out and the Croatian/Taipei duo levelled at 5-5. The women traded breaks and we were into a tiebreak.
It was the same story in the tiebreak as they stormed into a 4-0 but were reigned in by the battle-hardened duo across the net.
The wildcards came up against the No 3 seeds and found errors in their game swiftly punished
In the end it was not to be for the British pair and hopes of a home winner were extinguished
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