Wed, September 10, 2008

Black claims US Open doubles double with women's title

2008-09-10 07:17:16 GMT2008-09-10 15:17:16 (Beijing Time)

Cara Black of of Zimbabwe (L) and Liezel Huber of the United States pose with the trophy after defeating Lisa Raymond of the United States and Samantha Stosur of Australia in the women's doubles final at the 2008 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City. Huber and Black won 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

NEW YORK - Zimbabwe's Cara Black completed a US Open doubles double title run here Sunday, joining South African-born American Liezel Huber in winning the women's doubles final.

Top seeds Black and Hube defeated American Lisa Raymond and Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) in the championship match for their eighth doubles title of the year and first US Open crown.

"It's unbelievable. It's hard to find words to describe it," Black said.

Black teamed with India's Leander Paes to win the US Open mixed doubles crown with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 triumph over Huber and Britain's Jamie Murray in Thursday's final.

"Playing that match against her was one of the toughest matches I've ever had to play," Black said. "I really wanted to win this one for her."

Huber and Black won the final four points of the match, saving two set points to level the tie-breaker before Huber hit a forehand winner and Raymond send a forehand long to give Huber and Black the 420,000-dollar top prize.

Huber became a US citizen last year and said winning the title rivaled the day she became an American as the most special of her life.

"I'm proud to be an American," she said. "This is the second-proudest day for me."

Raymond and Stosur won the 2005 US Open doubles crown. Raymond also won the title in 2001 with Aussie Rennae Stubbs.


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