Ullyett, Hantuchova take home mixed doubles winPosted: Saturday January 26, 2002 9:16 PM
Updated: Saturday January 26, 2002 9:36 PM
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Daniela Hantuchova and Kevin Ullyett each picked up a second Grand Slam title within six months when they combined Sunday to win the Australian Open mixed doubles championship.
Hantuchova and Ullyett clinched a 6-3, 6-2 win over Argentine pair Gaston Etlis and Paolo Suarez in just on 1 hour when Ullyett intercepted a return and put away the winning volley.
Hantuchova, who lost the women's doubles final here on Friday, partnered Leos Friedl to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles crown last year and the 18-year-old Slovakian is now 10-0 in Grand Slam mixed doubles.
"This is beyond my expectations. I've been in two mixed doubles [championships] and I haven't lost yet," Hantuchova said.
Hantuchova and Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez Vicario lost the women's doubles decider to Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova.
"I'm really happy because I was in the final of the [women's] doubles and missed that -- I really wanted to take home one title," she said. "It was excellent the way we played today, we were really aggressive."
Ullyett and compatriot Wayne Black teamed to win the U.S. Open men's doubles title last September.
Hantuchova-Ullyett, who were combining for the first time after training together last year at Cape Town, South Africa, got the decisive break in the fourth game of the first set.
After trading breaks in the opening games of the second, they sealed the title on Hantuchova's serve.
"We played a bit of singles in practice and she was kicking my butt -- so I took her coach aside and asked if she had a partner for mixed," Ullyett said. "He said he'd put me on the list.
"Lucky I won at Adelaide, so that must have put me on top of the list," he added. "We've talked about playing again and we'll just see how she goes with her singles."
Suarez won the last French Open women's doubles titles with Ruano Pascual and also made the final of mixed doubles at Roland Garros.
"They were more consistent than us -- we had our chances but we just didn't take them," said Suarez.