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Win and loss for Moodie
- Updated: July 2, 2010
By Mark Etheridge
Wesley Moodie’s hopes of a second All-England doubles title went out of the window at Wimbledon on Thursday.
The South African and his giant Belgian partner Dick Norman fought to the bitter end before going down to unseeded Jurgen Melzer (Austria) and Germany’s Philipp Petzschner in a nailbiting five-set semi-final.
Certainly no-one can accuse the seventh seeds of lying down — they found themselves two sets down on Court One before clawing their way to level-pegging.
But the final proved a set too far for the big-serving combination and they went down 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 3-6 5-7 6-3. Moodie was hoping for his second Wimbledon men’s title, having lifted the trophy with Aussie Steven Huss back in 2005.
It’s not all over for Moodie though. He can steal dream of title glory, this time in the mixed doubles. After a busy day’s play he and American Lisa Raymond find themselves in the semi-finals on Friday.
The couple came through their quarter-final against Julian Knowle (Austria) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 7-6 3-6 6-2.
The 11th seeds will come up against Marcelo Melo and Rennae Stubbs (Brazil and Australia respectively).
Melo and Stubbs are seeded one spot higher than Moodie and Raymond.