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Martina fails in record bid

New York: Martina Navratilova was foiled in her bid to become the oldest woman to win a US Open title here Sunday as she and Russian doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova were beaten in the womenís doubles final.

Spainís Virginia Ruano-Pascual and Argentinaís Paola Suarez, seeded second, beat Kuznetsova and Navratilova 6-2, 6-3, to capture the Grand Slam title.

Meanwhile, the menís doubles was won by fourth seeds Jonas Bjorkman (Sweden) and Todd Woodbridge (Australia) who upset second seeds Bob Bryan an Mike Bryan of the US 5-7, 6-0, 7-5.

Navratilova, 46, would have been the oldest female title winner of the event, breaking the age mark of Margaret Osborne duPont, who was 42 when she won the 1960 mixed doubles crown in a pre-Open era competition.

Navratilova was going for her 59th Grand Slam crown. titles. (AFP)

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