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Ram, Zvonareva win Wimbledon mixed doubles

7/8/2006 - Tennis

WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Ram of Israel and Russia's Vera Zvonareva won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title Saturday, beating Venus Williams and Bob Bryan of the United States, 6-3, 6-2.

It was Ram's first Grand Slam title. Zvonareva won the U.S. Open
mixed doubles title with Bob Bryan in 2004.

The ninth-seeded pair won their semifinal match earlier
Saturday, beating No. 3 Wayne and Cara Black of Zimbabwe 6-3, 7-6
(5).

Williams' loss came a week after she was beaten in the third
round of the women's singles. She was the defending champion.

Bob Bryan teamed with twin brother Mike to win the men's doubles
title earlier Saturday, completing a career Grand Slam.

Bob Bryan and Williams nearly didn't become partners.

Mike Bryan said Williams sent a text message to his brother
before Wimbledon, and that Bob Bryan was originally planning to
play with Martina Navratilova "but they weren't communicating too
well."

"Martina thought she was playing with Bob," Mike Bryan said. "Bob thought she [Navratilova] was playing with Leander [Paes]. It kind of all got messed up. ... I don't think Martina was too happy
for a few days."

Navratilova and her partner, Mark Knowles of the Bahamas, were beaten in the third round by Ram and Zvonareva.