Black Brilliant In Birmingham Again
Published June 13, 2010 12:00
BIRMINGHAM, England - Cara Black seems to have a monopoly on the AEGON Classic, regardless of who her partner is, as she captured the event for the third straight year and fourth time overall on Sunday.
Black and Lisa Raymond, the No.2 seeds, were up on No.1 seeds Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 63 32, in the final when Huber had to retire with a left knee injury. This was the first time Black and Huber faced off since parting ways in April after a legendary partnership that produced 29 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles, including four majors. They have each played with a variety of partners in recent months, with this being Black's first title without Huber since 2006, although Huber won Charleston in April with Nadia Petrova.
Black and Raymond were playing together for the second time, also having been victorious in their previous outing in Stanford in 2003. Huber and Mattek-Sands, who did not lose a set all week until the final, were playing their first Tour event as a duo.
Black, who previously won Birmingham in 2001 alongside Elena Likhovtseva and in 2008 and 2009 alongside Huber, now has 54 Tour doubles titles. Raymond has 69, which is seventh-most in the Open Era.