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Moodie mixes it in final

African sides no longer have any influence on the Soccer World Cup after Ghana lost out to Uruguay on penalties in Friday night’s quarter-final… but at Wimbledon, the African flame still burns brightly.

That’s because our Wesley Moodie and American Lisa Raymond are into Sunday’s final of the mixed doubles category of the All-England tennis championships.

The 11th seeds accounted for 10th seeds Marcelo Melo of Brazil and Aussie Rennae Stubbs in straight sets 6-4 6-4 on Friday.

And there’s still more African interest in the mixed doubles final because earlier Zimbabwe’s Cara Black and veteran Indian ace Leander Paes had also fought their way into the final.

The second seeds beat Czechs Lukas Dlouhy and Iveta Benesova, seeded ninth, 6-3 6-3.

Making the mixed doubles final will no doubt be some consolation to Moodie, who along with big Belgian Dick Norman, went out in the men’s doubles semi-finals on Thursday night.

Black and Paes are no strangers to the final, having ended runners-up at Wimbledon last year and Black already has three Wimbledon women’s doubles titles and one mixed doubles title behind her name.

Meanwhile Moodie won the 2005 men’s doubles title with Aussie Steven Huss and Raymond can lay claim to the 2001 women’s and 1999 mixed titles.

Mark Etheridge


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