Doubles: Williamses win in three sets; Blake loses last match

Thursday, August 29, 2013 /by
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NEW YORK -- Venus and Serena Williams rallied from down a set and from down a break in the third to win their first-round doubles match at the U.S. Open.

A day after Venus was eliminated in singles in the second round, the sisters beat Spaniards Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday in front of a big crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Serena won her second-round match earlier in the day, beating Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 6-0.

The sisters have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles together, though they didn't enter the French Open or Wimbledon this year. They are unseeded at Flushing Meadows.

Venus lost to Zheng Jie 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday.

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James Blake lost in doubles Thursday in the last match of his tennis career.

The American announced Monday that the U.S. Open would be his final tournament. He was eliminated in singles in the first round just past midnight Thursday morning, falling in a fifth-set tiebreaker to Ivo Karlovic.

About nine hours later, Blake and fellow American Jack Sock lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round in doubles to second-seeded Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya.

Blake and Sock got in on a wild card.

Blake had been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in his career and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old Sock is still alive in singles, reaching the third round with a 7-6 (3), 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over qualifier Maximo Gonzalez earlier Thursday. He'll next face 18th-seeded Janko Tipsarevic.

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