Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the Australian Open doubles title. There was something about the win that hadn't been done since 2007 - what is it?
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the Australian Open doubles title on Friday evening, which wasn't just the first time either player has won a Grand Slam doubles title, but it was the first time since 2007 that a first-time pairing went all the way at a major.

Friday's final was an incredibly close affair, but it was Mattek-Sands and Safarova's gutsy plays on the biggest of points that sealed the victory for them. Safarova ripped a huge backhand down the line winner on set point in the first set and, after a see-saw second set - first they were up 2-0, then they lost five of the next six games to trail 5-3 before coming back to push it to a tie-break - it was Mattek-Sands' turn to step up on match point, ripping her own huge backhand down the line winner.

In the end, Mattek-Sands and Safarova edged No.14 seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie, 6-4, 7-6(5).

"First I want to say thanks to Lucie," Mattek-Sands said in her trophy speech.

"This is our first tournament together, so I think maybe we'll play a couple more this year!"

Mattek-Sands and Safarova are the first first-time pairing to win a Grand Slam doubles title since all the way back at the US Open in 2007, when Nathalie Dechy and Dinara Safina lifted the title.

The last time it happened at the Australian Open was Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alicia Molik in 2005.

"And to the fans, we just love coming to Melbourne," the American added. "You guys have been amazing. You support us through all of our matches and the players all love coming down here.

"It's definitely one of my favorite places to come to."

Both Mattek-Sands and Safarova captured their first Grand Slam doubles crowns. Mattek-Sands does have one other Grand Slam title - the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2012 with Horia Tecau.

Mattek-Sands and Safarova's win over the No.14 seeds in Friday's championship match wasn't their only upset of the two weeks Down Under - they also took out No.10 seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, No.7 seeds Caroline Garcia and Katarina Srebotnik, No.3 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and No.16 seeds Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld along the way to the final.

Find out how Mattek-Sands and Safarova decided to team up, what their secret to victory was - you're going to want to hear that one - and much, much more in their post-match interview below!