Down Under: STOP THIS BEFORE I FIND YOU CUTE.
Apparently, the bubbly Laura Robson has rubbed off on Mandy, who exhibited a rare smile on court as the British pair won their opening tie against Kazakhstan 2-1.
Laura opened up with a 3-set loss to JJ-killer Shvedova, but Murray make quick work of cutiepatootie Andrey Golubev to even the tie. The pair then went on to take their mixed doubles in a match tiebreak.
What was surprising was the good rapport between Robson and Murray, as the pair joked throughout their mixed doubles match.
“It was around about 5-0 in the first set she asked me if I moisturise my hands,” Murray revealed.
“I was thinking she wasn’t taking this too seriously.”
At that point Robson interjected: “Have you seen his hands? They are pretty disgusting. It was a good question I thought.”
Robson also texted Murray earlier in the day to make sure their playing kits did not clash in the mixed doubles, with the Scot being told he had to change his planned attire.
“I was going to wear blue, green and white like I did in the (singles) match and then Laura said she had purple which clashed with blue. I had to change.”
I’ve never seen Muzzah so unmuzzah-like in an on-court interview. Pity he recycles his jokes.
“I’m going to blame her a little bit though because she started asking me if I moisturise my hands and I think maybe she lost her concentration just a little bit.
“But she’s only 15 so I’ll let her off. It was fun. She hit me on the back at one point – I don’t think I really deserved that… it was sore already because I was carrying her!”
Robson matched her senior partner in the banter department with a nice line in self-deprecation and responded with: “I’m kind of proud of my volleys in the tie-break, they’re the only ones I made!
“I will take out of the evening that I should work more on my serve and we should communicate more so that he doesn’t hit me!”
Okay no. It doesn’t work when it’s just him without the jailbait.
In other ties, Australia defeated the US of A today as Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt both sealed their respective singles match against Oudin and Izzy in straight sets.
The pair was on course for the cleansweep in mixed doubles, as Stosur and Hewitt blitzed through the first set with their fabulous volleying techniques. But a lucky shank by Isner led to a break early in the second set. A complete change in momentum followed – Izzy found his doubles mojo and Melanie Oudin put her returning game into good use. The USA took the second set and dominated the match tiebreak to get their first victory in Perth.
Australia’s chances of making the final now depends very much on how Spain fares against Romania in their tie tonight.
Which basically translates to “we suck”.