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French final for Moodie

South Africa’s Wesley Moodie roared into another Grand Slam doubles tennis final in the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris on Thursday when he and Dick Norman beat second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan.

Unseeded Moodie and his giant Belgian partner were whitewashed 0-6 in the first set but bounced back to beat America’s Bryan brothers 0-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

They’ll face third seeds Lukas Dlouhy (Czech Rep) and Leander Paes (India) in the final. Dlouhy and Paes beat top seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Canada and Serbia respectively 7-6 7-4.

Earlier in the week Moodie and Norman had had a walkover into the semi-finals which may see them being more durable in the final.

Moodie, a key part of South Africa’s Olympic hopes in London, 2012, is already a Grand Slam champion after winning the doubles title at Wimbledon in 2005 (with Stephen Huss).

Earlier yesterday South African junior Chanel Simmonds went out in the quarter-finals of the girl’s singles, putting up a brave fight against ninth seed Kristina Mladenovic of France before going down 6-7 2-6.

Like Moodie she is also firmly in the frame for London, 2012.


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