Black, Huber bid for US Open glory

cara_black_acura_classicJOHANNESBURG Zimbabwes Cara Black and her United States womens Liezel Huber will look to reclaim their Womens Doubles title at the US Open starts at Flush Meadows tomorrow. (Pictured: Cara Black in action)

Black and her American doubles partner, who are seeded second, lost the title last year to the all-conquering Williams sisters, Serena and Venus. The Zimbabwean and her partner, who were defeated 6-2, 6-2 by the Williams in the 2009 competition, last won the tournament in 2008.

Black, the best female tennis player to emerge from Zimbabwe, and sister to retired stars, Byron and Wayne, had a forgettable US Open last year. Apart from the defeat in the Womens Doubles, she and her Mixed Doubles partner, Leander Paes lost in the final to the United States pair of Carly Gullickson Travis Parrott.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki have been announced the top seeds in the tournament. Nadal, the reigning Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion, is bidding to win the one Grand Slam title that has so far eluded him. His best US Open performances to date have been two semifinal appearances in 2008 and 2009.?

The world No. 1 from Spain has won eight major titles already, including being crowned Roland Garros champion five times. The No. 2 seed is Roger Federer, who lifted five consecutive US Open trophies between 2004 and 2008. He has won two titles in 2010, including the Australian Open, and earlier in the summer he broke Pete Samprass record for spending the most number of weeks as the world No. 1.?

Wozniacki, who is still searching for her first Grand Slam title, is the No. 1 seed for the first time in her career at a major. She is currently second in the world rankings, but has been promoted to top seed in the absence of the injured Serena Williams.? Kim Clijsters is the No. 2 seed after her impressive rise to third in the world rankings. Having announced her retirement from the game, she made a sensational comeback during last years American hard court season, culminating in her being crowned US Open champion for the second time.

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