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Srebotnik Strikes Five In Melbourne

Katarina Srebotnik partnered Daniel Nestor for her fifth Grand Slam mixed doubles title.

Published January 30, 2011 12:00

Srebotnik Strikes Five In Melbourne
Daniel Nestor, Katarina Srebotnik

MELBOURNE, Australia - Katarina Srebotnik won her fifth Grand Slam mixed doubles title, partnering Daniel Nestor for her first Australian Open crown.

Srebotnik and Nestor, the No.2 seeds, played Chan Yung-Jan and Paul Hanley in the final on Rod Laver Arena, splitting sets then holding off a late charge from the Taiwanese-Australian duo for a 63 36 107 match tie-break victory. Chan and Hanley beat No.4 seeds Cara Black and Leander Paes en route to the final.

"We played great. Daniel played extremely well and served so well the whole tournament, so it was a pleasure to play with him," Srebotnik said. "I'm really happy for us. It's not bad for the first time we're playing together. Not bad at all."

Srebotnik already had three mixed doubles titles at the French Open (1999 with Piet Norval, 2006 and 2010 with Nenad Zimonjic) and one at the US Open (2003 with Bob Bryan). There's just one major missing for the set.

"I can say I have three Grand Slams won now. Wimbledon is the only one missing," said Srebotnik, although she does have one Wimbledon title - the junior singles title in 1998 (beating none other than Kim Clijsters in the final).

Nestor was asked his thoughts about winning the title: "Having a good partner obviously helps. I always told Nenad he has the best mixed partner, and that's why he's got her locked up for the next however long. I have no problems at all with her stabbing Nenad in the back though," the Canadian joked.

"Daniel is a great guy, on and off the court," Srebotnik added. "Nenad is more fiery and likes to talk more. But that doesn't make a difference. Daniel's a great, great person. So it was no problem, even if we weren't talking as much."

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