Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova win Australian Open mixed doubles title

Last Updated: 27/01/13 9:33am

  • Share:
Jarmila Gajdosova & Matthew Ebden won the Australian Open mixed doubles title

Jarmila Gajdosova & Matthew Ebden won the Australian Open mixed doubles title

Sky Bet

Local favourites Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova gave the home crowds something to cheer as they joined forces to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title.

The Australian duo defeated the Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak 6-3 7-5 in 73 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to claim their first grand slam doubles crown.

The victory also sees them become the first locals to win a main draw Australian Open title since 2005 when Scott Draper and Sam Stosur won the same title.

South-Africa born Ebden was quick to pay tribute to his partner who held her nerve well in the second set to serve out for a hugely-popular triumph.


"She has an incredible serve," Ebden said. "It's very powerful, one of the best women's serve on the tour. For me, she's one of the best players on the women's tour.

"All the guys in the locker room playing mixed said she hits the ball harder than the guys. They said she hits bigger. She's tough, and she's big on big points. It's never easy serving out any match, let alone a Grand Slam final. She was incredible."

Ebden insisted that he expected the win to spark an improvement in his partner's singles form with Gajdosova, who was once ranked 25th in the world, now down at 166.

"She's going to take a lot of confidence from this and head right back up there, even further up than she was before," he added.

  • Share:


Australian Open 2013

Li Na and Victoria Azarenka line up before the women's singles final

Australian Open - Day 13

The best of the action from the women's singles final in Melbourne...

Victoria Azarenka: Retained her Australian Open crown with three-set victory over Li Na

Azarenka masters Li in three

Victoria Azarenka beat Li Na in three sets to retain her Australian Open crown in Melbourne.

Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic at last year's US Open to win his first Grand Slam title

Past meetings

We look back at previous meetings between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic ahead of Sunday's final.

Most Popular


Fed v The Don

Fed v The Don

Roger Federer scales new heights against Lindsey Vonn in chocolate heaven. We pay a visit to Interlaken in Switzerland.

Summer stars

Summer stars

Who, aside from the big four, should shine during the North American swing? Barry Cowan assesses…

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports picks out our heroes and villains from another eventful last seven days in the world of sport.