Krejcikova, Ram win mixed doubles title at Australian Open

Tennis - Australian Open - Mixed Doubles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 26, 2019 Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram of the U.S. pose with the trophy after winning the match against Australia's John-Patrick Smith and Astra Sharma REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Third seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram defeated local favorites Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith 7-6(3) 6-1 to win the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open on Saturday.

After edging a tight opening set, the experienced Ram and Krejcikova broke early in the second set and held firm to clinch the contest and deny their unseeded rivals.

It was the first taste of Grand Slam success for American Ram while Krejcikova, who won two women’s doubles majors with fellow Czech Katerina Siniakova last year, claimed her first mixed doubles Slam trophy.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis