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Moodie loses Mixed final

By Mark Etheridge

Wesley Moodie’s Wimbledon run of form came to a disappointing end on the last day of the All-England tennis championships on Sunday.

Moodie and his United States partner Lisa Raymond went down in the final of the Mixed Doubles category.

They went out in straight sets to Zimbabwe’s Cara Black and Indian veteran Leander Paes 6-4 7-6. Still, Black’s victory means that at least the African continent was among the honours at tennis’ most prestigious Grand Slam competition.

The combination had also won the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open, in January.

They’re no strangers to success, Paes having already annexed three titles in the mixed doubles and Black having won in 2004.

The match was a hard-fought affair with 11th seeded Moodie and Raymond holding their own against the second seeds. Paes and Black ended the first set strongly, to win the first set in 37 minutes.

Things settled in the second set with the servers holding court to send the match into a tiebreak. Paes and Black’s nerves held best and after one hour and 37 minutes the tiebreak went their way 7-5.

Earlier in the tournament Moodie and Belgium’s Dick Norman, seeded seventh, had progressed to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles category.