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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Stosur breaks Australian Open title drought


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Samantha Stosur has become the first Australian woman to win the Australian Open Women's Doubles title since 2005 after a straight sets win over the reigning champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

Stosur and Chinese partner Zhang Shuai came into the tournament unseeded and stunned the number two seed in a 6-3 6-4 win at Rod Laver Arena.

The win was Australia's first in the competition since Alicia Molik and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova beat out American pair Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu and ends a 13-year drought for Stosur.

The 34-year-old last won a Grand Slam Doubles title at the French Open in 2006 and had previously appeared in one final at the Australian Open, losing in 2006 to Chinese duo Yan Zi and Zheng Jie when partnering America's Lisa Raymond.

Samantha Stosur

The win is special for Stosur who has endured years of pain in the Australian Open singles draw, having never made it past the fourth round and being a first-round casualty in her last four attempts.

Stosur, who finished the tournament without her serve being broken, fittingly served it out for the championship, prompting raucous scenes after the win.

However, the win did not come without some drama with Zhang struggling to keep her serve late in the second set.

With Stosur and Zhang up a set and a break, the pair was pushed to the limit before managing to hold serve, giving Stosur the chance to serve for the championship.

Stosur and Zhang were also able to exact some revenge on Babos and Mladenovic after being knocked out of the 2018 US Open by the same duo.

Samantha Stosur has become the first Australian woman to win the Australian Open Women's Doubles title since 2005 after a straight sets win over the reigning champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

Stosur and Chinese partner Zhang Shuai came into the tournament unseeded and stunned the number two seed in a 6-3 6-4 win at Rod Laver Arena.

The win was Australia's first in the competition since Alicia Molik and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova beat out American pair Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu and ends a 13-year drought for Stosur.

The 34-year-old last won a Grand Slam Doubles title at the French Open in 2006 and had previously appeared in one final at the Australian Open, losing in 2006 to Chinese duo Yan Zi and Zheng Jie when partnering America's Lisa Raymond.

Samantha Stosur

The win is special for Stosur who has endured years of pain in the Australian Open singles draw, having never made it past the fourth round and being a first-round casualty in her last four attempts.

Stosur, who finished the tournament without her serve being broken, fittingly served it out for the championship, prompting raucous scenes after the win.

However, the win did not come without some drama with Zhang struggling to keep her serve late in the second set.

With Stosur and Zhang up a set and a break, the pair was pushed to the limit before managing to hold serve, giving Stosur the chance to serve for the championship.

Stosur and Zhang were also able to exact some revenge on Babos and Mladenovic after being knocked out of the 2018 US Open by the same duo.

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