Our rivals were too good, says beaten Paes


 Leander Paes (left) and Cara Black with their runners-up  prize at the US Open on Thursday. AP

Parrott and Gullickson, who had never previously played in a tournament together, won the crown amid swirling winds in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I can't even believe it," said the 22-year-old Gullickson. "It's my first time on Arthur Ashe. It was a great experience. I'm super excited and happy right now."

Gullickson and Parrott, who also defeated the number one and three seeds along the way, will receive $150,000 for the win.

Paes,who already has won four grand slam mixed doubles titles, and Black will collect $70,000.

"Our opponents were too good for us today." Paes said in a courtside interview. "They played excellently well."

Black 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 Black 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.

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 Parrott served out the match in the 10th game of the set.
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.

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