Zimbabwe Tennis: Cara Black Wins Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Title

After overcoming some early nerves Zimbabwe’s tennis star Cara Black and her partner Leander Paes from India won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in straight sets against South Africa’s Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond from the Unites States on Sunday.

The mixed doubles final took place on Centre Court straight after strolled Rafael Nadal had won the men’s singles. A topsy-turvy opening set had five breaks of serve as both pairs struggled to impose themselves. But after losing three of the first four games, the second seeds and last years loosing finalists rallied to win five of the next six and closed out the set in 37 minutes.

The second set turned out to be a reversal of the first and it was a tightly fought encounter without a single break of serve.

The tiebreak proved a test of nerve and Black and Paes held theirs with the Indian volleying the winner on championship point to take the match in one hour and 37 minutes.

This is Cara’s second Wimbledon title as she has previously won won in 2004 with her brother Wayne Black and their second grand slam title of the year after winning the Australian Open title in January with a 7-5 6-3 victory against Ekaterina Makarova and Jaroslav Levinský. They have also won the U.S. Open in 2008 and were runners-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year.

  • Donette Read Kruger

    well done that girl. we are all very proud of you!

  • Annette

    A correction to your article: this was Cara’s 5th Wimbledon title, not her second. She won the Mixed Doubles and Womens doubles in 2004, the Women’s doubles in 2005 and 2007, and this year’s title

  • David Yates