‘Doesn’t feel real’ – First-time Australian pairing win US Open mixed doubles title

Australian duo John Peers and Storm Sanders have claimed the 2022 US Open mixed doubles titles. 

The Aussies defeated Kirsten Flipkens and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in an epic final on Sunday morning (AEST) that ended 4-6 6-4 10-7. 

Both pairs were only broken once throughout the match with Peers and Sanders winning the final with an ace. 

Remarkably, the US Open marked the first time Peers and Sanders had played together but they have very quickly stumbled upon a winning formula. 

“It still doesn’t really feel real to be honest,” Sanders said post-match.

“This is the first time Johnny and I have played together. We played really well all week.

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“We had some really tough opponents. Our game styles match up really well. We also have a lot of fun out there, too.

“To be honest, I still don’t think it’s really sunk in. Even before the match, I was just thinking it’s another match, doesn’t matter. Amazing opportunity and a great challenge to be playing on the biggest court in the world in a Grand Slam final.

“Obviously I lost my doubles semi-final yesterday in a close one. I had to kind of let that go and just really focus on today.”

This was the first Grand Slam title in any format for Sanders, while Peers’ only previous triumph came in men’s doubles at the Australian Open in 2017. 

The duo had former US Open singles champion and fellow Aussie Sam Stosur cheering them on in the final and Sanders revealed the big part she played in their win. 

“Having Sam there as well watching on, it was just super amazing. Kind of gave me a little bit of calmness knowing that she was there,” she said. 

“I think she yelled out, ‘Believe in yourself’ to me once, and that definitely helped.”

Sanders confirmed the duo will team up again at the Australian Open in 2023 and they walk away from the US Open with AU$1 million dollars in prize money. 

Aussies have enjoyed remarkable success in doubles this year with Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis triumphing at the Australian Open before Matt Ebden and Max Purcelll won at Wimbledon. 

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