Australian duo win mixed doubles title

MELBOURNE Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:54pm IST

1 of 3. Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden (R) of Australia pose with the trophy after defeating Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak of Czech Republic in their mixed doubles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 27, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/David Gray

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden became the first locals to win a main draw Australian Open title since 2005 when they clinched the mixed doubles on Sunday.

The Australian duo, both aged 25, beat the Czech-pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5 in the final at Rod Laver Arena in 73 minutes.

Gajdosova and Ebden both crashed out of the singles competition in the first round, Gajdosova for the eighth time, and had never played together before they got together as a wildcard pairing for the season-opening grand slam.

South African-born Ebden moved to Perth as a child and has been mentored by Australian great Margaret Court, who won 24 grand slam singles titles and 19 women's and 19 mixed doubles titles at grand slams.

Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur were the last Australian pairing to win a title at Melbourne Park when they clinched the mixed doubles in 2005.

Australian duo Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty were beaten by Italian top seeds Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani on Friday in the women's doubles final. (Editing by Patrick Johnston)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Soccer

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Batsman's Game

Batsman's Game

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers, says Pakistan's Ajmal.  Full Article 

Monte Carlo Masters

Monte Carlo Masters

Nadal's claycourt streak ended by bold Ferrer.  Full Article 

Need For Noise

Need For Noise

Manufacturers limited in efforts to make F1 louder.  Full Article 

Cricket Coach

Cricket Coach

Moores to get second chance in England top job - reports.  Full Article 

NBA Preview

NBA Preview

'Renaissance man' Gasol happy to control his own destiny.  Full Article 

Player Breakdown

Player Breakdown

Trott stands down again after relapse of stress problems  Full Article 

Asian Games '19

Asian Games '19

Replacement Asian Games hosts needed fast, not Singapore - Ng  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage