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Palmer, Sanchez-Vicario win mixed doubles crown
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.