Paes-Cara lose mixed doubles final to American wild cards

Paes-Cara lose mixed doubles final to American wild cards


 Carly Gullickson (R) and her partner Travis Parrott (both US) being congratulated by Leander Paes (L) of India, and Cara Black, of Zimbabwe.

Cara proved a weak link in the Indo-Zimbabwean combination as all she could do was play some feeble shots.
She failed to make any impact as not even once she held her serve in the final match, which lasted just 66 minutes.

Paes and Cara struggled to find their touch as numerous unforced errors flew from their racquets while their rivals played a fascinating game, especially at the net.

Thanks to the brilliance of Paes, the second seeds saved a match point in the eighth game of the second set and also got their first and only break in the match.
Carly was serving for the match but Paes played an amazing cross court winner to earn that break.
The Indian then held his serve in the game to narrow down the lead to 4-5 but by then it was too late as Travis served out the match in the 10th game.
Paes still can return with a title from the US Open if he and Czech Lukas Dlouhy win their men's doubles final against Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles.

The match did not start the way Paes and Cara would have liked as they struggled with serve and shot-making due to windy conditions and were facing two break points in the opening game.
The second seeds managed to save both the break points but Cara dropped her serve twice -- third and seventh games -- which handed their rivals a cushion of 5-2 lead.
The local wild cards took the first set in just 27 minutes.

For the second successive year, Paes was in line for two titles here, having reached the doubles final with Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic. In 2008, Paes won the mixed doubles with Black but lost in the men's doubles final.

Paes would be now hoping to topple compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of Bahamas in the doubles final to win his career's 10th Grand Slam title.
Paes and Black had put up an impressive performance coming into the final, but they lost their touch in the all-important match.

Black was all over the place with her shots and also struggled to hold her service games. She was broken thrice in the match. Paes himself was in danger of dropping his serve twice.
In fact, Paes was down two break points in the first game, but managed well to hold.
Black's serve came under attack and she was broken in the third game and at love in the seventh as Parrot and Gullickson opened up a 5-2 lead.

Parrot and Gullickson served strong and did not face a breakpoint in the first set. They dug deep to come out with big shots on crucial points and controlled the net with ease.
Paes and Black had a chance when they broke Gullickson in the second set while she was serving for the match in the eighth game. Paes saved the matchpoint with a backhand winner and then reduced the defecit by holding his serve. But Parrott dashed their chances of comeback, serving out the match in the next game.

"When we broke them we felt we have a chance of a comeback. But our opponents were too good. They really played very well," said Paes.

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