Melbourne: The unseeded pairing of American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova won the Australian Open women`s doubles title Friday, their first Grand Slam success.
The two were playing together in Melbourne for the first time and clicked immediately, downing the 14th seeded Zheng Jie of China and Taiwan`s Chan Yung-Jan 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
“This is our first tournament together and after this I`m sure that we`re going to be playing a few more this year,” said a delighted Mattek-Sands.
They beat five seeds to clinch the title and in doing so became the first unseeded women`s duo to claim the Australian crown since Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva in 2012.
They were also the first new pairing to win a women`s Grand Slam title since Dinara Safina and Nathalie Dechy at the US Open in 2007.