Qureshi falls in bid for US Open mixed doubles crown

Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi was thwarted in his first attempt to win a US Open doubles title when he and partner Kveta Peschke lost to Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan in Thursday’s mixed doubles final.

The US top seeds defeated Qureshi and his Czech partner 6-4, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the crown, Bryan’s fourth US Open mixed doubles title in eight years, each of them coming with a different partner.

“Too good. They were the better team,” Qureshi said.

Qureshi had hoped to win both the men’s and mixed doubles titles in tribute to the 21 million flood victims in his homeland from a crisis that began six weeks ago.

Qureshi and men’s doubles partner Rohan Bopanna of India, a 16th-seeded duo trying to foster peace between their rival homelands, will face top seeds Bryan and his brother Mike in Friday’s US Open final.

“It has been tough times at home due to the flooding and the terrorist attacks,” Qureshi said. “I’m glad Kveta was able to help me bring some good news to the people back home.”