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First title

Palmer, Sanchez-Vicario win mixed doubles crown

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Updated: Friday October 13, 2000 12:10 PM
  Anna Kournikova,  Max Mirnyi Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi were defeated in the finals of the US Open mixed doubles tournament. AP

NEW YORK (CNN/SI) -- Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and Jared Palmer became the first champions at the U.S. Open on Thursday, capturing the mixed doubles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi.

Sanchez-Vicario and Palmer, the second-seeded team, played together for the first time at the Open.

"I think the key to the whole week was Arantxa returned serves so well," Palmer said. "Arantxa is such a good returner I was able to do some stuff up at the net."

"I try to help as much as I can," Sanchez-Vicario said. "Jared gave me a lot of confidence. I feel comfortable playing with him."

They won the first prize of $126,000, while the fourth seeded team of Kournikova and Mirnyi won $63,000. Kournikova and Mirnyi upset the top-seeded team of Rennae Stubbs and Todd Woodbridge in the semifinals.

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