Raymond, Galbraith Win Mixed Doubles Title
NEW YORK (AP) _ Lisa Raymond of Wayne, Pa., teamed with Patrick Galbraith of Seattle to win the U.S. Open mixed doubles championship Thursday.
The pair defeated Manon Bollegraf of the Netherlands and Rick Leach of Laguna Beach, Calif., 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) in the first major title to be decided in the year’s final Grand Slam tournament.
It was the second U.S. Open mixed doubles title for Galbraith, who captured the crown two years ago with South Africa’s Elna Reinach.
``We played at the French, lost first round,″ Galbraith said of his teaming with Raymond. ``We had a bye, then lost second round to Luke Jensen and (Nicole) Arendt. But Lisa is very solid, and that is the key because the guys really try and work the women. You saw it today. They tried to work Lisa and she was a brick wall. She didn’t let up and she held her own.″
Raymond’s best Grand Slam tournament effort prior to winning at the National Tennis Center was at the Australian Open in January, where she and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas reached the mixed doubles semifinals.
It was when Knowles decided to stop playing mixed doubles that Raymond got together with Galbraith.
``Actually Pat was kind of looking around a little bit,″ Raymond said. ``He had played some with Pam Shriver before and he wasn’t sure if Pam was going to play. He just asked me. As soon as Mark said no, I jumped at the chance to play with him.″
The winners split $60,000, with the runners up sharing half that much.