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Paes in great form

Calcutta: Leander Paes seemed to hit the right form ahead of the London Olympics.

After a runners-up finish in the mixed doubles event of the Wimbledon Championships, Leander Paes continued his good form in the World Team Tennis.

Paes, representing Washington Kastles, have won all the matches thus far in the tournament.

On Friday, Paes and Anastasia Rodionova teamed up to crush Boston Lobsters’ Eric Butorac and Irinia Falconi 5-2 in the mixed doubles event at the Joan Norton Stadium at the Ferncroft Country Club, California.

That the pair dominated the match could be gauged from the fact that they converted 78 per cent of their first serve points.

The pair won all 22 points in comparison with their opponents' 10.

Partnering Bobby Reynolds in the men's doubles, Paes, on Thursday, had thrashed the pair of Robert Kendrick and Jesse Witten 5-0.

Last season, Paes finished as the league’s top-ranked men’s and mixed doubles player as he compiled a 12-4 record, also helping his team to the title.

After the conclusion of the event, Paes, the ATP’s fifth-ranked doubles player, will be back in London for his sixth consecutive Olympic Games. He has been to more Games than any other tennis player and any other Asian athlete.

Paes, 39, is a second-generation Olympian, as his father and mother both represented India at the 1972 Games in Munich.

His father, Vece Paes, won a bronze medal in field hockey while his mother, Jennifer Paes, captained the women’s basketball team.

“If you go back to ’72, that’s when the situation happened between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Paes had said upon his arrival in California.

“The Games were shut down for 48 hours and I was conceived in Munich. I’m an Olympic baby.”

Along with Paes, the Kastles will rely this season on returning players Bobby Reynolds and Arina Rodionova. The team will feature marquee players Venus and Serena Williams; Venus is slated to play twice, Serena once.