By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 27, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Aussies Jarmila Gajdosova and Matt Ebden have been crowned Australian Open Mixed Doubles champions after defeating the Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5 on Sunday.
The Australians were playing together for the first time and entered the event on a wildcard.
“You know, it feels amazing. I guess extremely exciting to be given the chance to play a Grand Slam final, first of all, and then to win it,” Ebden said. “You never know how many chances you’ll get to play a Grand Slam final. So to come out with a win in our first final and get a title straightaway and to become Grand Slam champions is an amazing feeling and something we’ll always have.”
Gajdosova described what it felt like to become a Grand Slam champion.
“I think it’s something that every person, every girl or guy are dreaming when they are little. I know it’s mixed, but it’s still a Grand Slam title. To get that far, you have something that you can talk about for a very long time. You can tell your kids, Oh, I won a Grand Slam and I won in Australia, especially, which is very special.”
The teams swapped breaks midway through the first set but the Aussies were able to break again in the eighth game with Hradecka serving and Gajdasova then consolidated in the next game to win the first set 6-3.
The second set was a similar story with a break from either team early on. Locked at 5-5 the Australians were able to break with Hradecka serving and it was again up to Gajdosova to serve it out. She created three championship point opportunities, the Czech’s saving the first two but the Australians winning on the third after Cermak sent his forehand long.
Gajdosova described her feelings while serving for the championship.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking, I’m not going to lie. But I thought I served most of the matches pretty well. I knew that he’s on the net, so as long as I hit a pretty decent serve, I think we had pretty good chance of winning it.”
Ebden said he believes his partner has one of the best serves in the women’s game and was not worried that she would have trouble serving it out.
“We’re just happy we did the right things. We stuck to winning tactics and patterns that have been working for us. I guess under pressure, if you can do that, stick to a winning game plan,” He said.