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Olympic tennis: British mixed doubles pair narrowly lose in final
Wimbledon’s Laura Robson admitted her Olympic experience has been one of the best of her life after she and Andy Murray claimed silver in the mixed doubles.
Her partner had already sealed the gold hours before, destroying Roger Federer in straight sets to avenge his defeat at the All England Club to the Swiss legend and become Great Britain’s first Olympic men’s singles champion for 104 years.
He returned to Centre Court less than an hour later and the Team GB pair rode the wave of Murray’s success in a dominating first set 6-2 – racing to an initial 5-0 lead.
But the Belarus number one seeds of Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka stomed back in the second set, winning 6-3 to take the final into a championship tie-break. Their momentum then carried them to a narrow 10-8.
Robson said: “I’d like to thank Andy for playing with me. It’s been one of the best weeks of my life, for sure,” Robson told BBC1.
“They’re top seeds for a reason. I was just happy to be in the final, but it’s definitely tough to lose.”
Murray added: “We would have signed up for that at the start of the event. It’s just annoying to lose. We were so close and played so well in the first set.”