The Grand Slam bid of Filipino Treat Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi ended on Friday as they succumbed to the top-seeded French duo in the semifinals of the Wimbledon Championship men’s doubles being held at the All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club in London.
The 12th-seeded Huey and Mirnyi suffered a heartbreaking 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 4-6 loss to veteran campaigners Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the Final Four match that lasted for three hours.
It was actually a tight game as Herbert and Mahut scored 150 total points, just two shots ahead of Huey and Mirnyi’s 148.
The French pair unleashed powerful hits in the service line, scoring 12 aces on top of 20 winners.
Huey and Mirnyi could only combined for five aces and 11 winners.
Herbert and Mahut also won three of seven break point opportunities including two crucial points both in the ninth game of the fourth and fifth sets.
The Filipino-Belarusian pair settled for the 88,000 Euros consolation prize for reaching the semifinals.
It was their first Final Four appearance as partners in a Grand Slam event following their third round exit in the French Open in May and a quarterfinal stint in the Australian Open in January.
Huey will be arriving in Manila next week to lead the country’s campaign in the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup Group II tie against Taiwan scheduled on July 15 to 17 at the Philippine Columbian Association clay courts in Paco, Manila.
EMIL C. NOGUERA