Melbourne, Jan 27: Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova and Matt Ebden have become Grand Slam champions after winning the Australian Open mixed double final here Sunday.
The Australian pair beat Czech duo Frantisek Cermak and Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 13 minutes, reports Xinhua.
Ebden and Gajdosova took control when Hradecka served, allowing her just two points from her two service games in the first set.
Ebden dominated whenever he had the chance to serve. He held his second service game to love and followed that with another love-game when serving for the set.
The host players took a stranglehold on the title when they broke Cermak in the opening game of the second set.
But nerves kicked in as the match edged towards a finish. Ebden saved a break point while leading 3-2 but then the Australians failed to convert three break points on Hradecka’s serve.
When Gajdosova lost her serve the next game, the set was back on an even keel and the Australians had given up a significant advantage.
But Hradecka double faulted twice while serving to Gajdosova at 5-5 and Ebden made her pay as the local team grabbed the chance to serve out the match.
Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur were the last Australian pair to win their home mixed doubles title. They won in 2005.