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Americans Stun Defending Champions For Title

New York, U.S.A.

Carly Gullickson, Travis Parrott© Getty ImagesCarly Gullickson and Travis Parrott played together for the first time at the US Open.

Travis Parrott teamed with fellow American Carly Gullickson to stun No. 2 seeds Leander Paes and Cara Black 6-2, 6-4 and win the US Open mixed doubles title Thursday in New York.

Rookie pairing Parrott and Gullickson upset the odds as they broke serve four times to defeat the veteran mixed-doubles specialists, who captured the US Open title last year.

“Our whole approach has just been fun," said Parrott. "It's all about how you approach something. We kind of looked at this as, let's enjoy this. We don't know if we'll be back here. Let's have fun today. We'll smile, win or lose. I feel like when you're having fun and smiling out there, usually good things happen, and today it did.”

The Americans did not face a break point chance until they served for the match at 5-2 in the second set and it looked as though experience may prove to be the difference in the clash as Paes and Black clawed their way back into contention. Parrott and Gullickson held strong though to serve our victory at the second time of asking and clinched the title after 66 minutes.

“Carly played awesome today, but she played this well the whole week," praised Parrott. "I mean, we've just about going through these teams, and we'll look at each other on the changeover and, like, God, this is fun. Why can't we play like this when we're playing the rest of the year?"

India’s Paes still has a chance for US Open glory in the men’s doubles as he and Czech partner, Lukas Dlouhy will contest the final against third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles. Their strong showings at the US Open have seen both teams qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held at the 02 Arena in London in November.

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