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Stosur, Ebden end runners-up at Australian Open 2021


Melbourne, Australia, 20 February 2021 | Leigh Rogers

American Rajeev Ram and Czech Barbora Krejickova are the Australian Open 2021 combined doubles champions.

The sixth-seeded mixture spoiled the sensational run of Australian duo Matt Ebden and Sam Stosur, recording a 6-1 6-4 victory in tonight’s ultimate at Rod Laver Area.

The Aussies made a nervous begin and shortly discovered themselves down 0-4 after 14 minutes. Ram and Krejcikova had all of the momentum and took the opening set in 22 minutes.

A patriotic crowd was in full voice, keen Stosur and Ebden into the match.

Video games went on serve early within the second set, with the Aussie pairing exhibiting a number of the distinctive play that helped them defeat a run of high quality opponents of their first event collectively.

There was no denting Ram and Krejickova’s confidence although, breaking Ebden’s serve within the tenth recreation to seal victory in 59 minutes.

“Not our greatest match, however they had been fairly flawless. They hardly missed a ball,” Ebden conceded.

It’s a third profession Grand Slam title for 36-year-old Ram, who will even contest tomorrow’s males’s doubles ultimate, and fifth for Krejickova. The 25-year-old Czech turns into the primary girl in Open period historical past to win three consecutive Australian Open combined doubles titles, having shared the 2019 crown with Ram and final 12 months’s title with Croat Nikola Mektic.

There are nonetheless many positives for Stosur and Ebden to take from the event, with each exhibiting promising type of their return from prolonged breaks in 2020.

“We couldn’t fairly get it carried out tonight, however I had a lot enjoyable this week,” Stosur stated.

The 36-year-old Stosur has revealed retirement shouldn’t be in her quick plans, whereas 33-year-old Ebden is wanting ahead to a full-time return to the tour this 12 months.