Black, Huber win Women's Doubles

Zimbabwe's Cara Black and Liezel Huber of South Africa won their second Grand Slam title together on Friday.

Updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Melbourne:Zimbabwe's Cara Black and Liezel Huber of South Africa won their second Grand Slam title together on Friday. They took the women's doubles title at the Australian Open 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1 over Chan Yung-jan and Chuang Chia-jung of Chinese Taipei. The unseeded wild card entries sought to repeat their heroics of Thursday to become the first players from Chinese Taipei to win a Grand Slam title. Black and Huber took full advantage of their opponents' nervousness and lack of experience in the first set. They broke the Chan serve in the fifth game and served out to take the opener 6-4 in 39 minutes. When Black and Huber broke serve again to lead 3-2 in the second, it seemed that the Chan-Chuang challenge would peter out in disappointment. Spectacular play The Taiwanese pair never gave up and broke back in spectacular fashion at 5-4. Chan doggedly hung on in the point before putting away an angled backhand volley. The teams exchanged further breaks after that, the match swinging back and forth in dramatic fashion. Black served for the match at 6-5 but appeared to freeze at the vital moment - the second set went to a tiebreak and after taking a 6-3 lead, an unconventional Chuang volley at the net levelled the match at one set all. Now it seemed anything was possible, with the momentum now with Chan and Chuang, but the packed crowd, heavily populated by chanting Taiwanese fans, were to be disappointed. Black and Huber raced to a 5-0 lead in the decider as their opponents' game fell apart, and after two hours and ten minutes, Black served out for a deserved 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-1 victory. In the end, greater experience and tactical awareness around the court proved the vital factors.

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