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article imageWimbledon 2013: Nestor and Mladenovic win mixed doubles crown

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By Yukio Strachan     Jul 9, 2013 in Sports
Wimbledon - Daniel Nestor of Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France beat top-seeded Bruno Soares of Brazil and Lisa Raymond of the United States to win the mixed doubles title in Sunday's championship match at Wimbledon.
With 2013 Wimbledon singles champion Marion Bartoli, a close friend of Mladenovic's, cheering from the stands, Canadian Nestor and Frenchwoman Mladenovic prevailed in a tense third-set to record a 5-7, 6-2, 8-6 triumph at Centre Court of the All England Club.
Before heading off for the champions ball, Bartoli came to support her friend.
"We talked to each other before the end of the tournament and said we're going to try to support each other because we are like the last French players in the tournament," Mladenovic said, the WTA writes.
Seeking redemption from last month's French Open final, Nestor and Mladenovic dropped the first set to the Brazilian and American pairing and saved two match points in the third set before claiming their first grand slam title together, Reuters reported.
The win for Nestor was the 40-year-old's third grand slam mixed doubles title and the Canadian has also won eight major men's doubles crowns, Reuters said.
The 39-year-old Raymond was seeking to defend her 2012 Wimbledon mixed doubles title won with Mike Bryan, Fox sports reported.
After the match, Nestor was full of praise for rising star Mladenovic, according to Wimbledon news.
"She's going to be one of the top singles players eventually," Nestor said. "Right now, you know, she's focusing on doubles and mixed. I think that will change one day. I caught her at the right time."
Mladenovic gave Nestor praise right back, Wimbledon news reported.
"We've had amazing results — we've played twice and made a final and won today," Mladenovic said. "He is such a good player. He has lots of experience. I try to do my job, and he's helping me a lot at the net. I think we play well in the important moments too.
"I'm going to say in front of you again, I'm really happy to play with him. It's such an honor," she said.
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