Mixed Doubles glory beckons for last Aussies standing

Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden will compete in the Mixed Doubles Final on Saturday night. Photo: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

Tonight, Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden will aim to become the first Aussies since 2013 to claim the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open.

In a primetime slot directly after the women’s final tonight on Rod Laver Arena, the Aussie duo will face off against the 2019 Australian Open champions Barbora Krejčíková and Rajeev Ram.

The former champions were able to beat out Aussies Marc Polmans and Storm Sanders in the semi-final, which would have set up an all-Aussie encounter in the final.

A wildcard for the Australian Open, the path for Stosur and Ebden was made difficult in their semi-final against Joe Salisbury and Desirae Krawczyk, eventually triumphing 10-8 in a thrilling final set to clinch their maiden finals appearance as a duo.

However, the Aussie pair have their own experience to lean on at this stage of the tournament.

Both have lifted the mixed doubles trophy at the Australian Open at different stages of their careers.

Sam Stosur achieved mixed doubles glory in 2005 with Scott Draper, while Matt Ebden and Jarmila Gajdošová were the last Aussies to lift the trophy in 2013.

Photo: Australian Open www.ausopen.com

With fans allowed back into the Grand Slam at 50 percent capacity, the home town duo will be looking to put on a show for the crowd.

Spectators were absent to see Dylan Alcott lift the Quad Wheelchair Doubles silverware with his partner Heath Davidson, and then back it up by claiming his seventh Quad Wheelchair Singles Title at the Australian Open.

Scheduled for 8:45pm, fans around the country will be cheering on Sam Stosur and Matt Ebden as they represent Australia for the final time at the 2021 Australian Open.

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