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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Woodies' Bow Out With 60th Career Title




LONDON -- Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde won their sixth Wimbledon doubles title Saturday, beating Paul Haarhuis and Sandon Stolle 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in a repeat of the French Open final.


The victory gave the Australian pair f the "Woodies" f their seventh title this year and the 60th of their career as a team, and left them just one short of equaling the 12 Grand Slam titles held by John Newcombe and Tony Roche.


The victory was particularly nostalgic since Woodforde is retiring at the end of the season, meaning this was their last Wimbledon together.


"It couldn't have been a better way to finish than by winning here," said Woodforde, 34. "It makes it a heck of a lot easier to step out, to be able to say goodbye to a place and tournament that has meant so much."


"It was very special to stand there as winners and wave goodbye."


Woodbridge said he hadn't decided with whom he would play next season, but agreed the finish was perfect.


"I was very pleased that today, win or lose, we were going to end our partnership [at Wimbledon] out on that court."


The two still intend to team up in the U.S. Open and the Olympics in Sydney, Australia.


Just one break settled the first set, with Stolle dropping his serve in the sixth game. A rain delay followed after the next game with the Australians leading 5-2. When play resumed, Haarhuis held off two set points before Woodbridge and Woodforde took the set on serve.


In the second set, Haarhuis was broken for 4-3 and several times hit the net in frustration as he returned to his chair. Haarhuis lost serve in the opening game of the third set, and again at 3-1 to leave Woodbridge and Woodforde virtually assured of their 11th victory in 15 Grand Slam finals.


Woodbridge and Woodforde became the most successful doubles team of all time when they won the French Open last month, surpassing the 57 titles held by Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan, and Peter Fleming and John McEnroe. A week before Wimbledon, they added their 59th title at Queen's Club.


Singles champion Venus Williams sealed her second Wimbledon title on Monday when she and younger sister Serena won a rain-delayed women's doubles final 6-3, 6-2 against Julie Halard-Decugis of France and Japan's Ai Sugiyama, Reuters reported.


Perhaps still tired after attending the champions' dinner Sunday night, Venus took a while to find her range, losing her first two service games to fall behind 3-2 in the opening set.


But then the power of the American eighth seeds took over in an entertaining final. They won eight games in a row on Center Court against the fourth seeds to win the title with an ace from Serena.


It is the Williams's third Grand Slam doubles title after they won the U.S. Open and French Open crowns last year.


The sisters entered the tournament on a wildcard after not playing together since the U.S. Open because of injury.