US Open 2022: Storm Sanders and John Peers win mixed doubles title, tennis news

Storm Sanders and John Peers become the first Australian duo in 21 years to claim the US Open mixed doubles title, taking a 10-point tiebreak to take the win in New York.

The fourth-seeded Aussies defeated Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6 6-4 10-7 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to secure the trophy in Flushing Meadows, becoming the first Australian team to win. won a mixed doubles grand slam title since Jarmila Wolfe and Matt Ebden at the 2013 Australian Open.

Watch Tennis Live with beIN SPORTS on Kayo. Live coverage of ATP + WTA Tour tournaments, including every final match. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >

It was their first major appearance together, neither player made it past the semifinals at Flushing Meadows before.

The last Aussie pair to achieve the feat in New York were Rennae Stubbs and Todd Woodbridge, who captured the mixed doubles title in 2001.

Former US Open champion Sam Stosur cheered the Aussie duo, who pocketed a cool AU$238,000 payday, from the stands.

“I can’t believe we are grand slam champions, that’s crazy,” Sanders told Peers at the trophy presentation.

“So, thank you so much for playing with me. We’ve been trying to set it up for the past year and I’ve really enjoyed every moment on the track with you.”

Peers, who secured the win with an ace, continued: “Stormy, we’ve got one! Well done!

“It’s been fun this week and a lot of fun, so hopefully there will be a few more at some point.”

Last year, Peers won an Olympic bronze medal in mixed doubles in Tokyo together with Australian hero Ash Barty.

“Honestly, I still don’t think it really sinks in,” Sanders told the post-game press conference.

“Even before the game I just thought it was another game, it doesn’t matter. Great opportunity and a great challenge to play on the biggest field in the world in a grand slam final.

“Of course I lost my semi-final in doubles yesterday in an exciting one. I had to let that go a bit and really focus on today.

“Because Sam was there too, it was just super awesome. It gave me a little peace of mind knowing she was there. I think she yelled at me once, “Believe in yourself,” and that certainly helped.

“Honestly, it still doesn’t feel real. This is the first time Johnny and I are playing together. We played very well all week. We had some really tough opponents. Our playing styles fit together very well. We have a lot of fun there too.”

Later on Sunday morning AEST, world No. 1 Iga Swiatek won her third singles grand slam title by beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur in straight sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Originally published as ‘Crazy’: Australian duo US Open win mixed doubles title for first time in 21 years

Leave a Comment