Benesova Wins Mixed, Completes Czech Triple
Published July 03, 2011 12:00
LONDON, England - Following in the footsteps of Petra Kvitova and doubles champion Kveta Peschke, another Czech, Iveta Benesova, claimed Grand Slam glory at Wimbledon over the weekend, partnering Austria's Jürgen Melzer to win the mixed doubles title - her first Grand Slam title of any kind.
Melzer and Benesova, the No.9 seeds, didn't lose a single set in reaching the final, their closest match being a minor 64 64 upset over No.8 seeds Daniel Nestor and Chan Yung-Jan. They continued that run in the final as well, beating No.4 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina handily, 63 62.
"When you step on the court in mixed, you just want to enjoy it," Melzer said. "That's what we did over the matches we played. We were smiling on the court. Of course we wanted to win, but it wouldn't have been a nightmare or disaster if we lost. That's what made us Wimbledon champions in the end."
The two lefties were playing together for the first time. "I think she's a funny girl. She's a nice girl," Melzer said. "It's very important to know the person and what you're getting yourself into. If I had somebody standing there who wanted to win so badly, I couldn't enjoy it. She also has the best backhand."
"I was lucky he asked me if I wanted to play," Benesova commented. "He was awesome. Anybody could stand next to him with a racquet in their hand and they would win it. In the finals we were so relaxed. I was lucky to play with him."
"I was a little solid, but he had like a hundred winners today," she added. "He was everywhere. It's all his victory, I would say."