Bhupathi-Hantuchova win mixed doubles
The unseeded pair beat Srebotnik and Zimonjic 6-4, 6-2 in mixed doubles of the US Open.india Updated: Sep 09, 2005 12:46 IST
India's Mahesh Bhupathi won his ninth Grand Slam doubles tournament here on Thursday when he lifted the US Open mixed doubles title along with Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova.
The unseeded Indo-Slovak pair cruised to their straight sets victory over Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2 in just 61 minutes.
This is Bhupathi's fifth mixed doubles Grand Slam title and he is yet to win more than one title with a single lady partner.
The 31-year-old Indian won his first mixed doubles title in the company of Rika Hiraki of Japan at the French Open in 1997.
This was followed by a US Open triumph along with Ai Sugiyama also of Japan two years later.
Wimbledon success came to Bhupathi in 2002 when he was partnering Elena Likhovtseva of Russia and again in 2005 with Mary Pierce of France.
In Thursday's match, Bhupathi and Hantuchova hardly broke into a sweat as they were in perfect control of their games and the encounter, from the word go.
Both teams started the first set cautiously testing each other's games and holding serve until the score was tied at 3-3.
Then on Srebotnik's serve in the seventh game, the duo broke service and to take a 4-3 lead and eventually the set 6-4 at the half hour mark.
Bhupathi and Hantuchova then broke the service game of Zimonjic in the opening game of the second set to swing the momentum onto their side.
The seventh game in the second set proved unlucky again for Srebotnik and Zimonjic as they were broken to take the scoreboard to 5-2.
The duo fought back in the final game to try and muster something but it was a case of too little too late as Hantuchova served out the tournament victory.
With this win, Hantuchova also completes a Grand Slam of mixed doubles wins as she had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
Bhupathi and Hantuchova's only real competition here came in the first round of the mixed doubles when they had a hard fought 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9) win over Tiantian Sun of China and Simon Aspelin of Sweden.
The pair then beat fourth-seeded Lisa Raymond of the US and Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).
In the quarterfinals, the unseeded duo took out fifth seeds Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe 7-5, 6-2 before stubbing the challenge of sixth-seeded American pair Corina Morariu and Mike Bryan 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 in the semis.
First Published: Sep 09, 2005 00:47 IST