Paes, Navratilova lose in US Open mixed doubles

Published on Sep 10, 2004 12:48 PM IST

Paes and Navratilova's run ended when they lost in mixed doubles semifinals. For Navratilova, 47, it may be the last US Open.

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India's Leander Paes and his mixed doubles partner Martina Navratilova's run at the US Open ended when they lost in the semifinals. Whether Navratilova will return to Flushing Meadows or retire, that decision will come later.

"This might be my last US Open or it might not," she said on Thursday. "I'm not definite, one way or another."

At 47, Navrailova was hoping to add to her total of 58 Grand Slam championships. But she lost with Lisa Raymond in doubles in the quarterfinals, and was eliminated with Paes 10-3 in a third-set super-tiebreaker by Alicia Molik and Todd Woodbridge.

"We outplayed them for the match, and we lose. It's pretty much what happened in our doubles as well. Pretty frustrating for me," she said.

Navratilova has won 167 titles in singles and 174 in doubles. Only one of those victories came this year, in a doubles tournament in Vienna. She lost at the Olympics in the quarterfinals.

"I'm playing better tennis than I did last year. The game is better, but the results are worse," she said. "Very consistent, but not enough wins certainly."

Navratilova and Paes won the first set 6-4 and then lost 3-6, forcing the tiebreaker.

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