Ebene News – AU – Stosur and Ebden in the mixed doubles final

Samantha Stosur’s quest for more silverware remains on track with veteran and partner Matt Ebden for Australian Open mixed doubles final

The local wildcards won an exciting case against Desirae Krawczyk of the United States of America and of Briton Joe Salisbury 7-5 5-7 10-8, after holding a 6-1 lead in the decisive tie-break

They will face the Czech Barbora Krejcikova and the American Rajeev Ram for the title on Saturday night

This is an incredible achievement considering this is the first time Stosur and Ebden have played together

Stosur, 36, has won three Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles, including the Australian Open in 2005 with Scott Draper, and three major titles in women’s doubles

Ebden has also enjoyed success in the mixed doubles ranks, winning at Melbourne Park in 2013 with Jarmila Gajdosova

“Having another here for both of us in this arena after the women’s singles final is going to be really exciting”

The duo looked in full control in the first 10 tiebreaker, storming before Salisbury and Krawczyk scored a streak of level winners

With the scores locked at 8-8, Stosur threw a forehand past Salisbury before Ebden sealed the result with a winning volley

In the first set the pairs traded breaks to sit at 5-5 The Aussies received a vital boost when they knocked Krawczyk down to love, leaving Stosur to serve the set

The duos clashed again in the second set, with Krawczyk and Salisbury taking a 6-5 lead to again stack the pressure on Stosur’s serve

Two double faults gave the internationals the set to equalize the match and force the tie-break

Many expected former US Open singles champion Stosur to catch up with her career after this grand slam, but she proves she still has a lot to offer

She posted her best result in five years in the singles draw and now has a chance to finish with another Grand Slam title to her name

When asked if she would be likely to make a statement about her future or silently walk away – like Serena Williams, speaking out after her semi-final loss to Naomi Osaka, she suggested that she would – Stosur said she was not sure

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Ebene News – AU – Stosur and Ebden in the mixed doubles final

Source: https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/stosur-and-ebden-into-mixed-doubles-final-c-2198440