Srebotnik and Nestor win Australian Open mixed doubles title

However Daniel Nestor will have to find a new partner for the French Open with Katarina Srebotnik returning to her regular partner next time.

MELBOURNE // Katarina Srebotnik and Daniel Nestor teamed up to dash hopes of at least one local champion at the Australian Open by winning the mixed doubles title today.

Slovenian Srebotnik and Canadian Nestor edged Australia's Paul Hanley and Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan 6-3, 3-6 (10-7) after a super tie breaker on Rod Laver Arena.

Srebotnik had won four previous grand slam mixed doubles titles — the last two with Nenad Zimonjic — but it was her first at the Australian Open and a first with Nestor.

"She's already dumped me for the next grand slam to go back to her regular partner so this was my one chance and I'm glad I took it," joked Nestor, who won the title here in 2007 with Elena Likhovtseva.

While Hanley had been hoping to give the locals something to cheer, Chan would have been Taiwan's first grand slam champion.


Published: January 30, 2011 04:00 AM