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Murray, Mattek-Sands retain mixed doubles crown at Flushing Meadows

Murray, Mattek-Sands retain mixed doubles crown at Flushing Meadows
By Reuters

07/09/2019 at 20:15Updated 08/09/2019 at 09:38

Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands defended their U.S. Open mixed doubles title on Saturday, defeating Taiwan's Chan Hao-Ching and New Zealand's Michael Venus in straight sets under sunny skies at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The win burnished Murray's reputation as one of the world's leading doubles exponents, as the Briton enjoyed his third consecutive mixed doubles triumph at Flushing Meadows.

An elated Mattek-Sands, who suffered a grisly knee injury at Wimbledon two years ago, celebrated the 6-2, 6-3 win by taking a selfie on the court with Murray, older brother of former world No. 1 Andy who also won in 2017 with Martina Hingis.

Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States celebrate after winning their Mixed Doubles final match against Michael Venus of New Zealand and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA

Jamie Murray of Great Britain and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States celebrate after winning their Mixed Doubles final match against Michael Venus of New Zealand and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei on day thirteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTAGetty Images

"We have a lot of fun. He keeps me pretty grounded," said America's Olympic mixed doubles champion Mattek-Sands, who added that she was happy to be back on the court after undergoing more knee surgery in March.

"It's about choosing your mentality, choosing your attitude," added the 34-year-old, after annexing her ninth Grand Slam doubles title.

The match began with routine holds but quickly pivoted in favour of the holders, who played a clean match with just 11 unforced errors while firing off off 23 winners.

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