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Wimbledon 2010: Jamie Delgado delighted to lift gloom

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Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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British pair delighted with turnaround

By Phil Maiden
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Jamie Delgado was delighted after he and doubles partner Josh Goodall became the second British winners at Wimbledon this week following Andy Murray.

The pair beat Nicolas Almagro and Santiago Ventura 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-3 in the men's first round.

Fellow Brits Chris Eaton and Dominic Inglot also went through as did women's pair Jocelyn Rae and Heather Watson.

Delgado told BBC Sport: "We played well. We kept plugging away and thankfully it worked out for us."

With only Andy Murray reaching the second round in the senior singles events, Delgado and Goodall were the next to progress from a first round tie against their Spanish opponents.

And the match that followed them produced a third British success as Eaton and Inglot beat Italian Fabio Fognini and Zimbabwe's Kevin Ullyett 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

Birmingham-born Delgado, 33, is a veteran in tennis terms but having made his Wimbledon debut in the doubles in 1995 he still relishes appearing at the All England Club.


"I've played here many times but every time you've played here it's special and something every player looks forward to."

Hampshire's Goodall, who is nine years his junior, is still hoping to improve on a world singles ranking of 397 but accepts why he was not given a wildcard this year.

"I don't think my ranking at the moment quite merits it," he said. "I've had a strange year in my singles, I've lost a lot of close matches.

"I lost my singles match [in Wimbledon qualifying], I had the chance to get through but narrowly lost.

"At the end of last year I got pretty ill, I had a skin problem and I made the mistake of trying to play through it.

"I lost a lot of ranking points and had to have two months off in December and January.

"But I came into this completely focused on the doubles."

Women's duo Rae and Watson made it a hat-trick of British wins on Court Six by beating Australian duo Casey Dellacqua and Alicia Molik 3-6 6-1 6-4.

However, the other two British pairs bowed out as Naomi Cavaday and Anna Smith fell 4-6 6-4 6-1 to Germany's Julia Goerges and Hungary's Agnes Szavay, while Anne Keothavong and Melanie South were beaten in straight sets, losing 6-4 6-1 to India's Sania Mirza and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

Meanwhile, British duo Jamie Murray and Jonathan Marray had their men's doubles first round tie against first seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic postponed.

The tie, which was scheduled as the fifth match on Court 18, was put back because of the record-breaking clash between Nicolas Mahut and John Isner.

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