The Mixed Doubles Champions of this year’s Australian Open defied the notion that a hard quarantine would prevent any success at the first Grand Slam of 2021.
Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram, both underwent a two-week lockdown prior to the tournament but will be taking home the mixed doubles title after defeating Australian’s Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden.
Krejcikova and Ram were in control throughout the first set, taking charge and winning the first four games. Ram’s serve wasn’t threatened, losing just two points on serve.
The Australian pair’s inconsistency proved to be their downfall in the first set, with Ebden double-faulting twice and throughout the set but also serving the only two aces of the set.
The second set was a far more even contest, with Stosur and Ebden settling and making fewer errors. However, the sixth seed team’s experience as a team and success in recent years gave them an extra edge, keeping the Australian duo at bay not once giving them the chance to break.
Krejcikova and Ram only needed one opportunity to go a break ahead, doing so in the final game of the match. The pair came back from 30-0 down to win four consecutive points to close out the match and claim their second Australian Open title as a team, and Krejcikova’s third consecutive mixed doubles title at the Australian Open.
The duo also made it through to both Australian Open doubles finals, with Krejcikova losing in straight sets on Friday. Ram also failed to complete the doubles double, going down on Sunday.