AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013
Ebden, Gajdosova Triumph In Mixed Doubles
by ATP Staff|
Australians Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday in Melbourne with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Czech duo Frantisek Cermak and Lucie Hradecka. It was the first Grand Slam championship for both Ebden and Gajdosova.
Ebden and Gajdosova are the first Australians to win the mixed doubles title at Melbourne Park since 2005, when Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur triumphed.
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Ebden and Gajdosova dominated the final, converting four of 11 break point opportunities and winning 50 per cent of points on their opponents’ serve. The Australians had knocked out second seeds Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina in the second round before ousting fifth seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Nadia Petrova in the quarter-finals.
“You never know how many chances you'll get to play a Grand Slam final," said Ebden. "So to come out with a win in our first final and get a title straightaway and to become Grand Slam champions is an amazing feeling and something we'll always have. It's an amazing honour to have our name on a Grand Slam trophy.”
"I think our personalities and style of game kind of gel pretty well," said Gajdosova. "We use each other's weapons we have and kind of cover up the weaknesses we have. So it was really good, and I hope this is not our last win and we get to play again."
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