US OPEN 2012
Soares/Makarova Win Mixed Doubles Crown
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Brazilian/Russian pairing Bruno Soares and Ekaterina Makarova won the US Open mixed doubles title on Thursday at Flushing Meadows as they saved two match points to defeat fourth seeds Marcin Matkowski and Kveta Peschke 6-7(8), 6-1, 12-10.
After levelling the match, Soares and Makarova jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the Match Tie-break. However, Matkowski and Peschke fought back and held match points at 9-8 and 10-9 before Soares and Makarova converted their first opportunity as Peschke netted a backhand volley after 89 minutes.
Soares captured his first Grand Slam mixed doubles crown after a giant-killing run with Makarova. The duo ousted second seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond in the first round before ending Kim Clijsters’ career by beating the Belgian and Bob Bryan in the second round. In the semi-finals they upset seventh seeds Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak.
"After the first match we played really good, and we talked to each other and said, 'If we keep playing like this, for sure we're going to have a chance to win the title,'" said Soares. "That's what happened. We had an amazing second round, and after that we knew it was just a matter of keep playing good. We knew we were going to have a chance."