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Aussies prevail

Woodbridge, Stubbs pick up mixed doubles win

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Posted: Thursday September 06, 2001 9:43 PM
  Todd Woodbridge, Rennae Stubbs Australians Todd Woodbridge and Rennae Stubbs pose with their trophy after winning Thursday's mixed doubles final. AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Todd Woodbridge and Rennae Stubbs took the U.S. Open mixed doubles title Thursday, beating Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond 6-4, 5-7 (11-9) in the final.

The top-seeded Australians claimed their first mixed doubles Grand Slam championship of the season, after crashing out in the second round at Wimbledon and reaching the quarterfinals at the French Open.

The match went with serve until the seventh game of the first set when Woodbrige and Stubbs converted their third break point on Raymond's serve, then took the following game at Love.

Woodbridge and Stubbs had little trouble winning their serve for most of the match, but the second-seeded Indian/American duo managed to break them in the 12th game of the second set, converting their first set point when Paes fired a spectacular passing shot that ended right on the line.

The Australians took the match in a first-to-10 Champions tiebreak introduced at the U.S. Open for the first time this year.

Raymond and Paes held match point at 9-8 but with Woodbridge serving, the Australians fought their way out of trouble and took the tiebreak 11-9.

Stubbs came on top her long-time women's doubles partner Raymond, with whom she won this year's Wimbledon title. The two play in a women's doubles semifinal against Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva on Friday.

"It was strange to play her. We've only played against each other once before, we knew exactly where we're at," said Raymond. "I'm glad we didn't have to play the third set. Now I can go home and prepare for my semis."

Stubbs and Paes only played in doubles her, while Woodbridge failed to qualify for the men's singles and Raymond was eliminated in the third of the women's singles, falling to Venus Williams.

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