Vesnina, Soares win Aussie mixed doubles title
Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares won the last four points of the match tiebreaker to capture the mixed doubles championship at the Australian Open with 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 win over Coco Vandeweghe and Hora Tecau.It was Soares’ second doubles title in 18 hours at Melbourne Park — he and partner Jamie Murray beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that ended after midnight Saturday.
Vesnina of Russia and Soares of Brazil fell behind 3-0 in the tiebreaker before coming back to take a 6-3 lead, then 6-5 before taking the last four points of the match.
The official tournament program for Sunday said that American Vandeweghe had to do a computer search for Tecau’s name when the Romanian approached her coach to see if she wanted to team up for this tournament — she didn’t know much about his playing pedigree.
Tecau won the 2012 mixed doubles title with another American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
It was Vesnina’s third final at Melbourne Park after making the 2012 mixed doubles final and 2014 women’s doubles final. It was her sixth mixed doubles final in a Grand Slam tournament, and her first win.