‘Woodies’ Reach World Doubles Semis
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Australian Sandon Stolle and Wayne Black of Zimbabwe upset top-ranked Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes on Friday night to reach the semifinals of the Phoenix ATP Tour World Doubles Championship.
Stolle and Black beat the Indian duo 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-2.
Seeded sixth, Stolle and Black finished with a 2-1 record in their bracket of the round-robin tournament. Bhupathi and Paes also were 2-1, but the first tiebreaker is head-to-head competition.
Stolle and Black will play Canadian Sebastien Lareau and American Alex O’Brien in the semifinals Saturday. Lareau and O’Brien finished 2-1 after beating American Jared Palmer and Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
Australians Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge had moved into the semifinals earlier, beating the Czech team of Jiri Novak and David Rikl 6-2, 6-4.
Novak and Rikl, the alternate team, replaced South Africans John-Laffnie de Jager and David Adams, the fifth-seeded team that defaulted its last round-robin match after an 0-2 start. De Jager had been ill during the week.
Woodbridge sprained his right ankle on the last point of the second set but expects to play Saturday.
Woodforde and Woodbridge, seeded second, swept through their bracket with a 3-0 record. They will play Bhupathi and Paes in the other semifinal.
South African Ellis Ferreira and American Rick Leach lost their final round-robin match 6-3, 6-3 to South Africa’s Piet Norval and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe.