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Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke become first British mixed doubles pair to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon since 1987... but up next are Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 13/07/2018 Tom Farmery
a person on a court with a racket in front of a crowd: Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke have made it to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke have made it to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon

For the fourth year in a row there will be a British player in a Wimbledon final after mixed doubles success followed men’s doubles disappointment on Thursday at SW19.

Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka will face wildcards Harriet Dart and Jay Clarke in the semi-final of the mixed on Saturday, meaning at least one pair will contest Sunday’s final.

a person standing in front of a crowd: Clarke says the Wimbledon crowd will cheer him and Dart because of them being underdogs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Clarke says the Wimbledon crowd will cheer him and Dart because of them being underdogs

Dart and Clarke are the first British duo to go this far in the mixed doubles since Jeremy Bates and Jo Durie in 1987. They beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears 7-6, 7-5 on Centre Court.

On the prospect of facing double Wimbledon mixed champion Murray, Clarke said: ‘He’s the king of doubles - and he’s got a pretty decent partner as well! It’s going to be a tough test but I think we’re ready.’

a man is swinging a racket at a ball: Clarke and Dart have become the first British pair to reach the last four at SW19 since 1987 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Clarke and Dart have become the first British pair to reach the last four at SW19 since 1987

But will they have the crowd support? 'I think so, Brits like the underdog.'

Murray and double Australian Open champion Azarenka won a high-class three-set contest against Dutch duo Jean-Julien Roger and Demi Schuurs.

After Murray and Martina Hingis last year and Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen in 2016, this is the third year in which Britain will have a player in the mixed final.

a crowd of people watching a person on a court with a racquet: They will take on Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray for a place in the mixed doubles final © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited They will take on Victoria Azarenka and Jamie Murray for a place in the mixed doubles final

In the men’s doubles semi-finals, however, both pairs including a home hope lost.

Wildcards Joe Salisbury and Frederik Nielsen, of Denmark, went down in four sets to Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus.

a man swinging a racket at a ball: Dart and Clarke saw off their opponents in the quarter-finals comfortably in straight sets © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dart and Clarke saw off their opponents in the quarter-finals comfortably in straight sets

‘It has been the best tournament of my life,’ said Salisbury. ‘Really proud of what we have achieved and very excited about the things to come.’

England’s Dom Inglot and Croatia’s Franko Skugor lost in five sets to American duo Jack Sock and Mike Bryan. 

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Clarke pictured in action during the quarter-final match on Centre Court on Thursday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Clarke pictured in action during the quarter-final match on Centre Court on Thursday
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