Cara in last eight
Collin Matiza Sports Editor
ZIMBABWEAN women’s tennis legend Cara Black is through to the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at Wimbledon.
Black (36) and her American partner Lisa Raymond moved into the last eight of the third Grand Slam of the year after coming back from a set down to beat the Russian pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Alla Kudryavtseva 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round yesterday, according to reports from London.
The match lasted one hour 45 minutes.
After losing the first set 2-6 to their fellow unseeded opponents, Black and Raymond were forced to dig deep and fought their way back into this tie in which they were stretched to three sets by the tall Russian girls on Court 16 yesterday.
The second set saw Black and Raymond fighting for every point and were relieved when they took it 6-3 to force the match into the third and final set.
The third set saw Black and Raymond leading 4-2 at one stage and had a place in the quarter-finals in their sights but Pavlyuchenkova and Kudryavtseva held serve in the seventh game to reduce the arrears to 3-4.
Black and Raymond then took the next game to love to take a 5-3 lead after one hour 37 minutes.
And after Pavlyuchenkova and Kudryavtseva held their own serve again in the ninth game to trail 4-5, Black and Raymond found themselves serving for the set and match in the next game and they finally sent their Russian opponents packing when they took it to love to book themselves a place in the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the All England Club.
At this year’s Wimbledon, Black is gunning for her third women’s doubles title after winning it in 2004, 2005 and 2007 in her illustrious career which has seen her pocketing $7 691 617 in career prize money since she turned professional in January 1998.
She is undoubtedly the richest sportswoman in Zimbabwe.
This year, Black has made $11 102 so far on the road and she is expecting to add more money to her coffers at Wimbledon.
Black is also looking for her third Wimbledon mixed doubles title after having previously won it with her brother Wayne, who is now retired from professional tennis, and India’s Leander Paes.