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Moodie’s mixed success

Wesley Moodie’s fine run at the All England tennis championships continued Wednesday when he moved into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles.

Moodie and United States partner Lisa Raymond knocked out Max Mirnyi and Alisa Kleybanova.

It was a great result for the 11th seeds as they went through 4-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 against the seventh-seeded Belarus/Russian combination.

Next up for Moodie and Raymond will be the Austrian/Kazakhstan matching of Julian Knowle and Yaroslava Shvedova. This after Knowle and Shvedova had beaten Brazil’s Bruno Soares and Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan in straight sets 6-4 7-5.

Moodie now has to turn his attention to the men’s doubles category where he and giant Belgian Dick Norman will come up again the Bryan brothers in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Bob and Bryan beat Australians Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione 6-4 6-4 7-6 on Wednesday.

It wasn’t only Moodie who was flying the South African flag at Wimbledon. In the Invitational Doubles final, our Wayne Ferreira teamed up with Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia to beat former Wimbledon winners Richard Krajicek and Michael Stich (Netherlands and Germany respectively) 7-6 4-6 10-7 (tiebreak). And Johan Kriek and Kevin Curren teamed up to beat the McNamara brothers Peter and Paul, beating the Aussies 6-4 6-3.

And in the round robin section of the women’s Invitational Doubles Ilana Kloss of South Africa and Ros Nideffer (US) went down to Britain’s Annabel Croft and Maggie Maleeva of Bulgaria┬á 6-4 6-1.

Mark Etheridge


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