US Open: Jamie Murray, Bethanie Mattek-Sands retain mixed doubles crown

first_imgUS Open: Jamie Murray, Bethanie Mattek-Sands retain mixed doubles crownIt was the 3rd successive mixed doubles crown for Jamie Murray at Flushing Meadows, while Bethanie Mattek-Sands won her 3rd Grand Slam title.advertisement Reuters Associated Press New YorkSeptember 8, 2019UPDATED: September 8, 2019 11:33 IST Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray pose with the US Open trophy (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSJamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Chan Hao-Ching and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-3 to repeat their last year heroicsThe duo received $160,000 in prize moneyIt was the 5th Grand Slam mixed doubles title for MurrayJamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defended their U.S. Open mixed doubles title on Saturday, defeating Taiwan’s Chan Hao-Ching and New Zealand’s Michael Venus in straight sets under sunny skies at Arthur Ashe Stadium.The win burnished Murray’s reputation as one of the world’s leading doubles exponents, as the Briton enjoyed his third consecutive mixed doubles triumph at Flushing Meadows.An elated Mattek-Sands, who suffered a grisly knee injury at Wimbledon two years ago, celebrated the 6-2, 6-3 win by taking a selfie on the court with Murray, older brother of former world No. 1 Andy who also won in 2017 with Martina Hingis.”We have a lot of fun. He keeps me pretty grounded,” said America’s Olympic mixed doubles champion Mattek-Sands, who added that she was happy to be back on the court after undergoing more knee surgery in March.”It’s about choosing your mentality, choosing your attitude,” added the 34-year-old, after annexing her ninth Grand Slam doubles title.The match began with routine holds but quickly pivoted in favour of the holders, who played a clean match with just 11 unforced errors while firing off off 23 winners.The mixed doubles champions are ready to cash some of the same check amounts as the other doubles winners.The men’s and women’s U.S. Open doubles champions win $740,000 (split between the partners) while the mixed doubles champs share $160,000.”I actually think it should be closer,” Mattek-Sands said. “Mixed doubles is an undervalued tennis product. You have guys and girls playing on the same level, no handicaps. The guys aren’t feeling bad for the girls. The girls pick on the guys. It’s generally amazing tennis out there. We have great points. Guys and girls together, not too many sports say they do that.”advertisementMurray, one of the stars of doubles play, was ready for increased prize money.”I think doubles is kind of the bedrock of the amateur game,” he said. “It’s a huge part of our sport. I think it definitely has the potential to offer greater value to these tournaments than perhaps it currently is or currently allowed to.”Mattek-Sands and Murray are the first team to defend a U.S. Open mixed doubles title since Kevin Curren and Anne Smith in 1981 and 1982. Murray became the first man in the Open era to win three straight mixed doubles titles in Flushing Meadows after starting the run in 2017 with Martina Hingis.Murray won his fifth Grand Slam mixed doubles title and Mattek-Sands won her third.”I’m making him drink some champagne out of the trophy. We’re having some pizza,” Mattek-Sands said.Also Read | US Open: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stuns Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam titleAlso Read | Been a goal of mine to inspire Canadian athletes: US Open champion Bianca AndreescuAlso Read | Who is Bianca Andreescu? The 19-year-old Canadian immigrant who stunned Serena WilliamsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Jamie MurrayFollow Bethanie Mattek-SandsFollow US Open Nextlast_img