Sam Stosur and Nenad Zimonjic have claimed the 2014 Wimbledon mixed doubles title with a straight-sets victory over Max Mirnyi and Yung-Jan Chan last night.
The Australian and Serbian duo were simply too strong for their No.14 seed opponents and convincingly saw them off 6-4 6-2 in just 56 minutes on Centre Court.
Stosur and Zimonjic broke the serve of Mirnyi in the ninth game to secure a 5-4 lead, leaving the Serbian to serve out the first set.
Taiwan’s Chan scrambled to save four break points in her first service game of the second set before Stosur and Zimonjic eventually pounced on a fifth opportunity.
Chan, a grand slam final debutant, also dropped her serve at the second time of asking to allow Stosur to serve out the final game of the concluding Centre Court match at this year’s Wimbledon.
Third Round test
Stosur and Zimonjic encountered their first and only real test of the tournament against Eric Butorac and Timea Babos in the third round, where they were to pushed to a deciding set which the eventual champions won 8-6.
The No. 15 seeds have teamed up in London once before with little success, but experience undoubtedly helped on this occasion as Stosur’s heavy groundstrokes and Zimonjic’s quick thinking at the net combined to deadly effect.
Stosur, who now has two Wimbledon mixed doubles crowns to her name after winning the 2008 title partnering Bob Bryan, endured a difficult lead up to this year’s tournament as she parted ways with coach Miles Maclagan just a week before her first round match in the ladies' singles draw.
The 30-year-old’s turbulent beginning to the grass court season showed in the early stages of the tournament as she continued her uninspiring form at the All England Club.
The Australian’s hopes of advancing beyond round three of the individual event for the first time in 12 consecutive attempts were dashed in little over an hour when she was overcome by unseeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-3 6-4 on the opening day of the tournament.
Her fortunes in the ladies' doubles were notably better as she progressed to the third round alongside Italian Flavia Pennetta before going down 6-1 7-6 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova.
Three different majors
Zimonjic, who has now lifted every Grand Slam mixed doubles trophy except the US Open, also featured in the gentlemen's doubles draw partnering Daniel Nestor but they were knocked out at the quarter-final stage by Radek Stepanek and Leander Paes 3-6 7-6 6-3 6-4 last week.
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