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Sunday, 9 July, 2000, 23:49 GMT 00:49 UK
First title for Johnson and Po
Hewitt and Clijsters lost in straight sets
Hewitt and Clijsters lost in straight sets
D Johnson & K Po bt L Hewitt & K Clijsters 6-4 7-6

American duo Don Johnson and Kimberly Po won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon to claim their first Grand Slam title.

They beat teenagers Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters 6-4 7-6 (3) on Sunday.

The seasoned Americans were too solid for the rookie pair and recovered from a poor start to claim their first Grand Slam title.

They had been runners-up at the 1999 US Open and also reached the quarter-finals of both the Australian and French Open this year.

Afterwards Po said: "It's very exciting to finally win one.

"The thing we like is that we played happy.

She's very good like that, a great partner

Don Johnson

"We didn't do that at the US Open and that was very disappointing to lose that final in front of our families.

Johnson praised Po's support in getting them through Wimbledon.

He said: "She's very good like that, a great partner."

Hewitt was partnering his girlfriend Clijsters, but their lack of experience playing together told.

Johnson dropped his serve in the second game but the Americans immediately fought back and broke Clijsters in the next.

Both Johnson and Clijsters continued to struggle on their serve with Johnson saving two break points in the sixth game before Clijsters was broken in the seventh.

Po then found herself in trouble at 4-3 but saved a break point and Johnson eventually served out the set to love.

There was nothing to separate the two teams in the second set, with each player holding serve comfortably until Clijsters was broken in the 11th game.

Po's rhythm was broken during a treatment break and she failed to serve out for the match.

But in the tiebreak, it was she who hit a winner off a Clijsters serve to gain a 3-1 lead, and a double-fault by Hewitt then gave the Americans a 6-3 lead.

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