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Leander-Shaughnessy pair loses

London: Leander Paes and Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States, seeded eight, lost in three sets to Fabrice Santoro and Severine Bremond in the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the 121st Wimbledon championships on Saturday.

The French pair overcame a shaky start to post a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

After dominating the unseeded French pair in the first set, Paes and Shaughnessy let go of the advantage as Santoro and Bremond broke to 3-1 in second set and never looked back. Bremond made some brilliant backhand passes while Santoro’s experience helped on the big points.

In the third set, Paes lost serve in the fifth game and the end was near.

Late on Friday evening, Paes and Shaughnessy beat Todd Perry of Australia and Chia-Jung Chuang of Taipei 7-5, 7-5 to make the last eight. — Tennis Correspondent

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