Bhupathi-Woodbridge bow out of Oz Open
Third seed Mahesh Bhupathi and Todd Woodbridge bowed out of the Australian Open men's doubles event when they lost in straight sets against the Zimbabwean pair of Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
The Indo-Australian pair failed to raise themselves to the challenge posed by the fifth seeds and went down 6-7 (3/7), 3-6 in 95 minutes.
Though the first set was very evenly contested the Zimbabweans were clearly a better lot in the second as they earned as many as seven break points — converting two in the bargain — as against two by the third seeds.
They will now meet the unseeded pair of Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Alexander Waske of Germany for a place in the summit clash.
Melzer and Waske accounted for another unseeded pair of Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic and Andrei Pavel of Romania 7-6 (7/3), 7-6, (10/8) in the quarter-finals.