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Huber & Bryan Go For Two Mixed Majors In Row

Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber have two mixed doubles Grand Slams as a duo, including last year's US Open.

Published January 20, 2011 06:03

Huber & Bryan Go For Two Mixed Majors In Row
Liezel Huber, Bob Bryan

MELBOURNE, Australia - Top-seeded Bob Bryan and Liezel Huber are significant favorites in the Australian Open mixed doubles event, which gets underway Friday.

In addition to Bryan being a current ATP doubles No.1 and Huber being a former WTA doubles No.1, he has seven mixed majors to his name, two of which came alongside Huber - the 2009 French Open and 2010 US Open. Most likely to stand in the way of their title pursuit are No.2 seeds Daniel Nestor and Katarina Srebotnik, as she has four mixed Grand Slams and he has one, in addition to being the ATP's fourth-ranked doubles player.

Before a potential final with Nestor and Srebotnik, though, Bryan and Huber could have to content with fourth-seeded Leander Paes and Cara Black in the semifinals. Paes and Black have three majors together, including the 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon. Paes has a total of six mixed Slams to his name, while Black has five. However, the Indian-Zimbabwan duo should be tested right away, going up against Max Mirnyi, who has three mixed majors to his name, and Alisa Kleybanova in the first round. Another dangerous team on the top half of the draw is sixth-seeded Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond, who were runners-up at Wimbledon last year. Also, Raymond has four mixed Slams to her name.

Potential semifinal opponents for Nestor and Srebotnik are No.3 seeds Nenad Zimonjic, who has four mixed majors to his name, and Maria Kirilenko. Also on the bottom half of the draw are No.5 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Kveta Peschke. Last year's US Open runner-ups have a tough first round, though, squaring off with Chris Guccione and Rennae Stubbs, who has two mixed majors to her name. Also unseeded and potentially dangerous on the bottom half of the draw are Mahesh Bhupathi, a seven-time mixed Slam winner, and Anastasia Rodionova.

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