Colin Fleming - Tennis Career - 2012


At the start of the 2012 season, Fleming and Hutchins reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time, only to lose to the Bryan bothers, 4–6, 6–0, 2–6 This raised his ranking to a career high of no. 29 in the world. He also reached the quarterfinals of the mixed event with Liezel Huber.

Fleming won his second title with Hutchins and his first in the 2012 season at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, defeating Michal Mertiňák and André Sá, 2–6, 7–6(7–5), . This also raised his doubles ranking to a career high rank of no. 24 in the world.

In mid-June, after being out of action due to an injury, Fleming won his second title of the year, again partnering Hutchins at the Aegon International. They defeated fellow Brits and good friends Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupskim 6–4, 6–3. This was Fleming's third title with Hutchins. However, they had a disappointing run at Wimbledon, going out in the first round in five sets, even though they took the first two, 6–3, 6–4, 2–6, 6–7(5–7), 3–6 to Mikhail Kukushkin and Lukáš Rosol. In the mixed doubles event, Fleming had more success partnering Hsieh Su-wei. They made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to third seeds Nenad Zimonjić and Katarina Srebotnik in straight sets, 6–7(3–7), 3–6.

In their first tournament after Wimbledon, Fleming and Hutchins competed at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. They got to the final, but were defeated by Santiago González and Scott Lipsky in straight sets, 6–7(3–7), 3–6. Having lost in the semifinals at the BB&T Atlanta Open, Fleming next competed at the London 2012 Summer Olympics in the doubles event, partnering Hutchins again in their first Olympics. However, they lost in the first round to Benneteau and Gasquet in a very disappointing straight-sets defeat 5–7, 3–6.

At the last Major of the season Fleming and Hutchins made it to the third round of the US Open before being beaten by Brothers and home Favorites Ryan Harrison and Christian Harrison in straight sets 3–6, 4–6. Fleming also competed in the mixed doubles event, partnering Sania Mirza of India. They were beaten in the Quarter finals by fourth seeds Květa Peschke and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets 3–6, 5–7. In the second round, they defeated defending champions Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock in straight sets.

After a poor run at the St. Petersburg Open Open Fleming and Hutchins Next headed off to Asia. They got to the final in their first tournament at the Malaysia Open, This also being their fourth final of the season. However, after a bright start, they lost the final in three sets 7–5, 5–7, to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.

At the penultimate masters 1000 of the season Fleming and Hutchins had their best run at a masters 1000 event making the semi finals, only to narrowly lose to the Indian duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 7–6(7–4), 3–6, whilst serving for the match.

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