Paris: Leander Paes had a mixed outing in the
French Open on Tuesday as he and partner Lukas Dlouhy stormed into
the semifinals of men`s doubles while the veteran Indian
tennis ace and Cara Black crashed out of the mixed doubles
event in the quarterfinals here.
Paes and Dlouhy remained on course of defending their
doubles title with a straight-set win in the quarterfinals at
The third-seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated eighth seeds
Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-1 6-3.
Paes and Dlouhy will now take on 10th seeded
Austrian-Israeli pair of Julian Knowle and Andy Ram who beat
Brazilian duo of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-7(3/7), 6-2,
6-0 in another quarterfinal match.
However, it was curtains for Paes and his Zimbabwean
partner Black in the mixed doubles event as the seeded second
duo suffered a shock defeat in super tie-breaker at the hands
of unseeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Julian Knowle
Paes and Black lost 3-6, 7-6(7/2), 1-0(7/10) in a gruelling
duel which lasted 107 minutes.
Earlier in the day, Paes and Dlouhy blew away their
rivals in the one-sided doubles quarterfinals that lasted
barely an hour.
The Indo-Czech pair converted all the three break points
they earned to wrap up the opening set in just 23 minutes.
The favourites wavered a bit in the second set, conceding
five double faults but with a 100 per cent break-point
conversion once again, Paes and Dlouhy sealed it in 35