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The British pair of Alex Bogdanovic and Melanie South followed up yesterday’s sensational win over top seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond of the USA, with a third round 6-4, 6-3 victory over 13th seeds Rogier Wassen of the Netherlands and Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei to move into the quarter-finals.

The pair, who looked at home on Centre Court yesterday against the top seeds, played their match in front of a full house this time on Court 2. Showing little signs of nerves, they started well with some solid ground strokes and fine volleying to take the opening set. Despite needing a number of chances to clinch the match, they came off the court satisfied with their performance.

No doubt the great support they received from the crowd is helping lift the pair who appeared to be enjoying themselves during the match and soaked up the home atmosphere. Bogdanovic, the current British number three and South, the British number two, have justified their wild card and will next face the winner of the match between 11th seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Elena Likhovtseva of Russia or Wesley Moodie of South Africa and Vera Dushevina of Russia.

Twenty-one-year-old South seems to be taking a shining to the grass courts this year, having won the ladies’ doubles title in Surbiton at the beginning of June with fellow Briton Karen Paterson. On this kind of form, South and the 23-year-old Bogdanovic will be confident of continuing their impressive run.

by Tim Westmacott

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