Wimbledon 2011: Jamie Murray through in men's doubles

By Mike HensonBBC Sport at Wimbledon
Sergiy Stakhovsky and Jamie Murray
Stakhovsky (left) and Murray discuss tactics during their match

Britain's Jamie Murray and Ukrainian partner Sergiy Stakhovsky overcame the all-British pair of David Rice and Sean Thornley in their men's doubles opener.

The first round of the competition has been shortened to three set matches to keep the tournament to schedule after rain earlier in the week.

Despite an interlude in the second set after Murray's serve hit Stakhovsky, the pair broke late to advance 6-3 7-5.

Britain's Daniel Cox and James Ward are out after a 4-6 6-4 6-4 defeat.

The pair could not build on a good start and were eventually overhauled by the Russian and American combination of Mikhail Kukushkin and Michael Russell.

Stakhovsky had to call for the trainer after he caught the full force of a Murray serve to the side of his head towards the end of their match against Rice and Thornley.

An ice-pack applied to his ear seemed to restore him however and he won the next point for the pair with a deft volley before the duo finally toppled their oppponents' serve in the penultimate game.

Liverpudlian Ken Skupski, who ended his doubles partnership with fellow Briton Colin Fleming in October, and Dutchman Robin Haase suffered a 6-4 6-2 defeat by Arnaud Clement and Lukas Dlouhy.

Chris Eaton and Joshua Goodall also suffered a straight-sets reverse as eighth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau cliched a 6-2 7-5 victory on Court Six.

Great Britain's Sarah Borwell and Melanie South were eliminated at the earliest opportunity as 14th seeds Cara Black and Shahar Peer proved too strong in a 6-3 6-3 victory in the women's draw.

On a day of showers, British pairs Jamie Delgado and Jonathan Marray, Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins and Heather Watson and Jocelyn Rae had their matches cancelled.