No. 6 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram delivered a big performance in the Australian Open mixed doubles final to disappoint the local fans and win their second team title at Melbourne Park. Krejcikova and Ram beat Australia's Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden 6-1 6-4 in the Australian Open mixed doubles final to secure their first mixed doubles title since winning the 2019 Australian Open.
Krejcikova and Ram got off to a fast start as they claimed back-to-back breaks to take an early 4-0 lead. Krejcikova and Ram then claimed their break of the match in the seventh game to win the opener. Stosur and Ebden had their first break point in the third game of the second set but failed to convert.
Krejcikova and Ram realized their first set point of the second set in the 10th game -- which at the same time was their first match point -- to earn a straight-set win.
Ram gave credit to Krejcikova
"I’ve got to thank my partner.
We had a year off as a team, but she didn’t. Three years running lifting this trophy is an amazing job,” Ram said after winning the title, per the Australian Open website. “I’ve faced Matt so many times over the years, we’ve been on tour together for so many years, always a pleasure to play you.
Sam is obviously a legend, especially in Australian tennis, real pleasure to share the court with you guys. “This is so cool, especially in front of you guys, we haven’t played with fans in such a long time”.
Stosur fell just short of winning it all with her Australian partner but she showed class after the final as she praised their opponents and congratulated them. "Well done, you guys were way too good tonight,” said Stosur.
“It shows why you’ve won a few titles together before. Congrats and all the best for the rest of the year”.