This year’s tournament had a distinct British feel in the mixed doubles, and it was Murray who saw off compatriot Watson
JAMIE MURRAY put a British seal on Wimbledon by winning the mixed doubles title with Martina Hingis.
Murray and Hingis beat defending champions Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen 6-4 6-4 in a match guaranteed to end with a Brit as a champion.
It is Murray’s second mixed doubles title, following his win with Jelena Jankovic back in 2007.
It is also 20 years since Hingis edged past Jana Novotna to win her singles title on Centre Court, and the Swiss now has six major mixed doubles triumphs to add to her 12 in women’s doubles and five in singles.
The pairs exchanged breaks in the opening set before Murray and Hingis edged ahead.
And Murray saved break back points in the final game on his serve before sealing the match after 71 minutes.
Murray and Hingis share the winners’ cheque of £100,000 while Watson and Kontinen split the £50,000 runners-up prize.
After Andy Murray and Johanna Konta’s exits from the singles, Watson and Jamie Murray were able to deliver two British finalists on Centre Court, even if not the pair that many home fans had wished for.
The crowd’s support was certainly evenly spread, to the extent that one particularly generous spectator felt compelled to shout out, “Come on, all of you”, much to the amusement of the masses.
Murray was the star of the show and he earned the first break with a dart across the net, but a poor game from Hingis allowed Watson and Kontinen instantly to hit back.
Another Murray intervention sealed a second break for 4-3 and this time they served out when the Scot hammered away a smash.
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The second set was close until the seventh game when Watson’s serve came under pressure.
A stinging Hingis return set up two break points, and she and Murray converted the second when Watson chipped a short ball into the net.
Serving for the match, Murray and Hingis faced two break points after a pair of punching Watson returns and then a third as Kontinen fired away a pass.
But each was saved and when Watson flashed wide a smash, all that was left was for a booming Murray serve to finish off.
He and Hingis were the number one seeds and victory was consolation for Murray after he and partner Bruno Soares went out in the second round of the men’s doubles.