On Sunday Paes was gunning for his second title after winning the men’s doubles the previous day. However Paes and his partner Elena Vesnina seeded fifth lost 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 to the eight seeds Bethanie Mattek Sands and Horia Tecau who won their very first grand slam.
Leander Paes and his partner made a sluggish start losing the first eight points and going down a break at 0-2. They went on to lose the set at 6-3. The second set too saw the American Romanian pair get off to a 4-2 lead. A rain delay meant the roof would be closed and there was a momentum shift. Paes and Vesnina broke back to 4-4 when Bethanie hit two double faults and two returns later. It went to 5-6 when Paes poached a volley to break serve. It was one set all.
The match went to a super tiebreak with the winner being the first tea m to reach 10 points. The opening point saw a wonderful point when Mattek Sands ht a spectacular passing shot when running to her limit and almost collided with a linesman. Bethanie and partner went up quickly to 4-1 with some fine returns and volleys. Soon it became 6-2, 9-3 and they converted the championship point when Tecau hit a volley winner. Paes did not appear to be at his best after playing the men’s doubles late evening the previous night.
Paes thanked his team saying that they were the backbone for their success and said that Australia and India celebrated republic days in January and the relations between the countries were strong. He thanked the crowd for their support. Paes ended the speech with a few words in Hindi and “Jai Hind”. Bethanie thanked her team and husband for their support.
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