Black & Paes Win Wimbledon Mixed
Published July 04, 2010 12:00
LONDON, England - Leander Paes and Cara Black won their third Grand Slam title together Sunday, beating Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond in straight sets in the mixed doubles championship final of Wimbledon.
Paes and Black, the No.2 seeds, made it through their first five rounds dropping only two sets, and they were sharp again in the final, edging No.11 seeds Moodie and Raymond in another straight-setter, 64 76(5). The pair had previously won titles at the 2008 US Open and the 2010 Australian Open.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to have won another mixed title with Leander. We have a very special partnership and have enjoyed a lot of success together," Black said. "The final was a really close match. We played two great champions, Lisa and Wes, and it could have gone either way. It was a great match."
Black now has five mixed doubles majors to her name, taking the French in 2002 and Wimbledon in 2004 with brother Wayne. With her Aussie Open win this year, she became the third woman in the Open Era (Martina Navratilova, Daniela Hantuchova) and the sixth all-time (Doris Hart, Margaret Court, Billie Jean King) to complete the career Grand Slam in mixed doubles.
Black is also one Grand Slam title away from a career Grand Slam in women's doubles - she has one Australian Open (with Liezel Huber in 2007), three Wimbledons (with Rennae Stubbs in 2004 and with Huber in 2005 and 2007) and one US Open (with Huber in 2008). She is only missing the French.
No.1 seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Samantha Stosur went out in the second round to Xavier Malisse and Kim Clijsters. Clijsters wasn't the only Sony Ericsson WTA Tour legend to play the mixed event at SW19 - Lindsay Davenport, who is making her comeback to the Tour in doubles this summer, played with Bob Bryan and reached the second round as well, falling to No.6 seeds Daniel Nestor and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 11-9 third set.