Cara meets old pal


ZIMBABWE female tennis ace Cara Black will reunite with her old friend Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany when the two clash in the WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open doubles quarter-final match in Tokyo, Japan, today.


Black progressed to the quarters when she teamed up with partner Sania Mirza of India to defeat Kristina Mladenovic and Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-0 and 10-7 on Sunday.

On the other hand, Grönefeld and her partner Květa Peschke of Czech Republic made light work of Shuko Aoyama of Japan and American Megan Moulton-Levy in straight sets, to set up the quarter-final match.

The match will be a reunion between Black and Grönefeld who once formed a formidable partnership.
Black and Grönefeld partnered in the 2006 Canada Masters and at the Toronto Championships Open in the same year where they finished as runners-up in both occasions.

But the two also had bruising battles between them. Grönefeld partnered Mark Knowles to beat Black and her partner Leander Paes in the 2009 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles finals.

Black got her revenge when she and Rennae Stubbs beat Grönefeld and Meghan Shaughnessy in the 2006 Acura Classic Open doubles final.

They met again in the Zurich Open doubles final two years later which Black and colleague Liezel Huber won at the expense of Grönefeld and Patty Schnyder.