Stars In The Mix
Published June 24, 2010 12:00
LONDON, United Kingdom - The mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon has been released, and there were a couple of marquee names in the draw sure to stir up some excitement.
Lindsay Davenport, who recently announced she will play doubles later this summer in Stanford and San Diego, is partnering six-time mixed doubles Grand Slam title winner Bob Bryan, not a bad choice for someone playing her first professional event since the 2008 US Open.
Another player familiar with comebacks, Kim Clijsters, is also competing, alongside Xavier Malisse. The Belgian is actually no stranger to mixed doubles success at the All-England Club, having been a runner-up here alongside Lleyton Hewitt in 2000.
Nevertheless, the favorites here are a lot of the familiar faces of mixed doubles from recent years, such as Nenad Zimonjic, a four-time mixed doubles titlist, including at this year's French Open. He is the No.1 seed this fortnight alongside Sam Stosur, who has two mixed majors to her name, including here in 2008 with Bryan. Second-seeded Leander Paes and Cara Black are sure to be formidable. Black has four mixed Slams, including two with Paes, most recently at this year's Australian Open. Third-seeded Mahesh Bhupathi, who has seven mixed majors and Liezel Huber, who has one, are likely contenders. Also dangerous will be fifth-seeded Mark Knowles, the winner here last year alongside Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and Katarina Srebotnik, a four-time mixed major winner.
Some other teams to keep an eye on are Oliver Marach and Nuria Llagostera Vives, Daniel Nestor and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Max Mirnyi and Alisa Kleybanova, Marcelo Melo and Rennae Stubbs, Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond and Andre Sa and Vera Zvonareva.