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Zimbabwe tennis players gunning for gold at US Open
Latest Updated by 2006-08-30 16:47:41
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The Zimbabwean flag might once again be flying at Flushing Meadows in New York with two of the country's top players Kevin Ullyett and Cara Black taking part at this year's US Open.

Reports reached here from New York on Tuesday said Ullyett and Cara are back at the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year where they will be playing in the men's and women's doubles.

Ullyett, a winner of the men's doubles title at Flushing Meadows with now retired fellow Zimbabwean Wayne Black in 2001, is partnering Australia's Paul Hanley at this year's tournament.

And the two are seeded fourth and open their campaign with a first-round tie against the unseeded pair of Australia's Jordan Kerr and David Skoch of the Czech Republic later this week.

A win over Kerr and Skoch will set up Ullyett and Hanley a second round tie against the winners of the other first-round match featuring the American duo of Amer Delic and Jeff Morrison and the team of Harel Levy of Israel and Thailand's Paradorn Scrichaphan.

Ullyett is making his 12th appearance at the US Open where his best performance came in 2001 where he clinched the men's doubles title with Wayne.

The 34-year-old Zimbabwean is looking for a repeat performance with Hanley who he has played with in the first three Grand Slams of the year at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

Ullyett, who has won 28 doubles titles since he turned professional in January 1990, has so far collected US$280,340 in prize money in the doubles on the road this year.

Cara Black, on the other hand, is back at the US Open with her Australian partner Rennae Stubbs and the two are seeded third in the women's doubles where they have a tricky first-round tie against the unseeded pair of American Jamea Jackson and Aiko Nakamura of Japan.

A victory will see them facing the winners of the other first-round match between Catalina Castano of Columbia and American Jill Craybas and the team of Russian Vasilisa Bardinas and Liga Dekmeijere of Latvia.

Cara and Stubbs flew to New York from New Haven where they lostin the semi-finals of the Pilot Pen tournament to the world numberone team of American Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur of Australia who beat them 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 6-2 last Friday. Cara and Stubbs shared US$8,620 for reaching the last four at Pilot Pen.

Cara will be making her ninth appearance at the US Open where her best performance in the women's doubles came in 2000 where shewas a losing finalist.

Cara, who has only one doubles title under her belt this year, has made 174,281 US dollars in the doubles this term and is hopingto add more money into her account by going far at Flushing Meadows in the next two weeks.

Editor: Donald

By: Source: China View website
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