Krejcikova and Ram win Australian Open mixed doubles title

Filed on February 20, 2021
Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova (right) and partner Rajeev Ram of the US pose with the championship trophy after winning their mixed doubles final match against Australia's Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden. — AFP

Ram has a chance to pick up another Australian Open title on Sunday

Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram won their second Australian Open mixed doubles title in three years on Saturday with a 6-1, 6-4 win over home pairing Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden.

For Krejcikova it was her third Australian Open title in a row after combining with Nikola Mektic of Croatia to win the mixed doubles a year ago.

She had lost in the women’s doubles final with fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova on Friday to Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka, but put her disappointment behind her in just 59 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

“We had a year off as a team, but she didn’t have a year off and won this thing last year,” Ram said of Krejcikova at the presentation ceremony.

“Three years running is an amazing job.”

Ram has a chance to pick up another Australian Open title on Sunday, when he and Britain’s Joe Salisbury defend their men’s doubles title against Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek.

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