Paes-Dlouhy stun Bryan twins to storm into doubles final

Paes-Dlouhy stun Bryan twins to storm into doubles final


Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy celebrate their entry into the doubles final.

Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy, seeded fourth, overwhelmed the Bryan brothers 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) in one hour and 51 minutes in the semifinal at the Flushing Meadows here.

Paes and his partner Cara Black have already reached the final of the mixed doubles event.
The match had a sensational climax as Paes and Dlouhy had a clutch of match points in the tie-breaker of the third and final set but Bryan brothers made a spirited comeback and saved five of them.

However, Paes and Dlouhy held their nerves and finally converted their sixth match point to clinch the issue.

Final clash

In the final, they will play the winner of the second semifinal between third seeded Indo-Bahamian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles and the fifth seeded duo of Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Andy Ram of Israel.

In the mixed doubles semifinal on Tuesday, Paes and Black notched a battling  6-2, 3-6, 10-5 triumph over fifth seeds Su-Wei Hseih of Chinese Taipei and Kevin Ullyet of Zimbabwe.

The Indo-Zimbabwean pair will now take on unseeded Americans Carly Gullickson and Travis Parrott, who put out the top-seeded Bhupathi and American Liesel Huber in the other semifinal.

Meanwhile, it was a mixed day for teen sensation Yuki Bhambri, who advanced in singles but crashed out of doubles.

The top-seeded Delhi boy had no trouble brushing aside Swiss Sandro Bhrat 6-0, 6-1 to make the third round in the singles event.

However, it was curtains for Yuki in boys’ doubles. Yuki and his Taipei partner Liang-Chi Huang, seeded number one, squandered a set’s advantage to go down 6-3, 2-6, 6-10 to Americans Evan King and Denis Kudla.

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