Ebene News – UA – Stosur and Ebden watch mixed doubles title, Barty heads to Adelaide

Samantha Stosur is close to her first mixed doubles title at the Australian Open since 2005 after teaming up with Matthew Ebden to win a spectacular semi-final final Friday

His partner, 36, 33, Ebden came to a final clash against American Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic

Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden advanced to the mixed doubles final after their semi-final victory on FridayCredit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Barty will be heading to South Australia for next week’s Adelaide International WTA event, before the No1 hits the road for tournaments in Qatar and Dubai in March

Barty’s Australian Open campaign ended in the quarterfinals after falling to Czech Karolina Muchova This year, the Queenslander and his entourage are likely to build a base in the Northern Hemisphere after Barty chose not to travel abroad for events in 2020 after the pandemic hit

For Stosur, whose 19th Australian Open singles campaign ended in the second round last week, another doubles title will add to an impressive resume for the US Open women’s singles champion 2011

Stosur broke a long drought at the Australian Open two years ago when she teamed up with China’s Zhang Shuai to win the women’s doubles crown

In an entertaining hour and 40 minute clash on court three on Friday, Stosur and Ebden had to tackle the tiebreaker to overtake American Desirae Krawczyk and Briton Joe Salisbury, winning 7-5 , 5-7, [10-8]

The Aussie pair were under pressure at critical times, having to save seven of the 10 break points they offered

In this year’s women’s doubles final, Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka teamed up for a 6-2, 6-3 straight-set victory over Czech combination Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova

Belgians Elise Mertens (left) and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrate with their trophy after winning the women’s doubles final on FridayCredit: AP

Mertens, the Duplicate Non6 world, said the low-key and relaxed way in which she combines with Sabalenka has contributed to their success

“Then we have doubles so we try to make it fun But of course when you’re on the court you want to win”

“I try to make things as easy as possible I think for me that was the difference, that I was kinda, yeah, I didn’t care about the result

“I was just doing my thing Yeah, it works really well I think that’s the key to my side of our success”

Stosur and Ebden’s mixed doubles final will take place at Rod Laver Arena after the women’s singles final between Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady on Saturday night

Samantha Stosur, Matthew Ebden, Women’s Tennis Association, Australian Open 2018 – Mixed Doubles

Ebene News – UA – Stosur and Ebden watch mixed doubles title, Barty is head to Adelaide

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