American Abigail Spears and her Colombian partner Juan Sebastian Cabal have each claimed their maiden Grand Slam title after ousting highly experienced second seeds Sania Mirza of India and Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-2 6-4 in the mixed doubles final at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday afternoon.
“I think all the variables just went our way,” Spears said of the match which lasted just 64 minutes. “You can't play (this) well every day.”
“I don't know what it takes every match, we got lucky I think,” she added. “It feels amazing playing with Juan. I wish I could have fun like that every day.”
The unseeded duo dominated the opening set but overcame a significant deficit in the second before storming home to take the last five games of the match.
A pivotal moment came when Dodig served two double-faults in the penultimate game to hand their opponents a critical advantage. The opening was enough for Spears and Cabal, who made no mistake in serving out the match.
It was sweet success for the pair, with Cabal a runner-up in the 2011 French Open men’s doubles final and Spears having twice made the US Open mixed doubles final (2013 and 2014) with Mexican Santiago Gonzalez.
For Mirza and Dodig, it was to be their second Grand Slam final disappointment after they lost the final of the 2016 French Open to Leander Paes and Martina Hingis.