January 29, 2012
Mattek-Sands, Tecau win mixed doubles title
By Sports Network
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Sunday.
Mattek-Sands and Tecau, seeded eighth, recorded a 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 victory over the fifth-seeded team of Russian Elena Vesnina and Indian Leander Paes.
After the second set lasted nearly an hour, Mattek-Sands and Tecau took care of their opponents in the match-deciding tiebreak in just 12 minutes. They had six aces among 34 winners in the match.
On Saturday, Paes and Radek Stepanek ended the three-year Australian Open reign of Bob and Mike Bryan by beating the top-ranked twin brothers in the men's doubles finale.
Instead of the Bryans, Mattek-Sands became the only American to win a title at this year's Aussie event.
Mattek-Sands and Tecau will split $144,000.