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Monday, July 6, 2009

Britain's Bates among veteran winners

Photo Titled Bates and Jarryd
Bates and Jarryd
It was a double Dutch treat in the Men's Invitation Doubles as Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis from the Netherlands beat American pairing Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Eltingh and Haarhuis played a near-faultless first set although they could not get close enough for a crucial break. They made just two unforced errors to their opponent’s nine and won 84% of their first serves compared to 65% for the American duo.

In the second set, both teams had their chance to steal the advantage but it was Eltingh and Haarhuis who converted one of two break point opportunities and they held their nerve to hold out the match.

In the Senior Men’s Invitation Doubles, Britain’s Jeremy Bates and Anders Jarryd, from Sweden, were also victorious in straight sets.

Jarryd and Bates beat Mansour Bahrami and Henri Leconte 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). The losing pair did not get a break point opportunity as Jarryd and Bates hit 38 winners.

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