Qureshi falls in bid for US Open mixed doubles crown

Pakistan`s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi was thwarted in his first attempt to win a US Open doubles title when he and partner Kveta Peschke lost to Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan in Thursday`s mixed doubles final.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 09:46 AM IST

New York: Pakistan`s Aisam-Ul-Haq
Qureshi was thwarted in his first attempt to win a US Open
doubles title when he and partner Kveta Peschke lost to Liezel
Huber and Bob Bryan in Thursday`s mixed doubles final.

The US top seeds defeated Qureshi and his Czech
partner 6-4, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the crown, Bryan`s
fourth US Open mixed doubles title in eight years, each of
them coming with a different partner.

"Too good. They were the better team," Qureshi
said.

Qureshi had hoped to win both the men`s and mixed
doubles titles in tribute to the 21 million flood victims in
his homeland from a crisis that began six weeks ago.

Qureshi and men`s doubles partner Rohan Bopanna of
India, a 16th-seeded duo trying to foster peace between their
rival homelands, will face top seeds Bryan and his brother
Mike in Friday`s US Open final.

"It has been tough times at home due to the
flooding and the terrorist attacks," Qureshi said. "I`m glad
Kveta was able to help me bring some good news to the people
back home."

Qureshi stared up at fans in the largest tennis
stadium in the world and told the crowd, "I never ever will
forget this moment for the rest of my life."

Peschke, whom Qureshi called the most famous Czech
woman in Pakistan, was proud of the effort by the duo in a
first-time pairing.

"It was amazing. It was a really great experience,
first time together," she said. "Let`s hope the next times are
even better than this one."

Bob Bryan announced that he and his brother`s
foundation would donate to Pakistan flood relief, a cause for
which aid has come at a painfully slow pace with only
two-thirds of the United Nations goal of 460 million dollars
raised to date.

"Mr. Qureshi is a great player," Bob Bryan said.
"What him and Bopanna are doing for world peace is
incredible."

Bureau Report