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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 July, 2005, 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK
Pierce & Bhupathi take mixed win
By Caroline Cheese
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Mary Pierce and Mahesh Bhupathi
Pierce and Bhupathi win the title in their first tournament together
Mary Pierce and Mahesh Bhupathi captured the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with a 6-4 6-2 victory over Paul Hanley and Tatiana Perebiynis.

France's Pierce and Bhupathi of India were a scratch pairing but upset second seeds Wayne and Cara Black in a superb run to the final.

In the title match, they were far too strong for their unseeded opponents.

Pierce, a singles quarter-finalist, served out the victory, clinching it with a forehand down the middle.

"I always knew we had a chance," said Bhupathi.

"We've been playing some really high quality tennis so it would have taken a really great performance to beat us."

Bhupathi said a "mutual friend" had introduced the pair before the tournament after the Indian was left without a partner in the mixed doubles.

Pierce said: "I've wanted to play with him for a while. I haven't been playing a lot of mixed lately but I've been feeling healthier and fitter lately.

"I had a great time. Mahesh is a great player and a great guy. I couldn't ask for any more."


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