New York: Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Brazil's Bruno Soares completed an unlikely run to the US Open mixed doubles title by beating fourth-seeded Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Marcin Matkowski of Poland on Thursday.
Makarova and Soares committed to the tournament at the last minute and the unseeded duo rode the partnership to a grand slam triumph when Peschke failed to return a baseline backhand from Makarova to end their tie-break 12-10 after splitting the first two sets 6-7, 6-1.
"The best feeling," said Soares, who became the first South American men's player to win the event after coming from a set down and facing a championship point at 9-10 in the tie-break.
Soares played two grand slam events last year with Makarova but had since teamed up with Australian Jarmila Gajdosova, with whom he played the last four grand slams....more
09:25 AM, Sep 07, 2012