Sam Stosur and Matt Ebden continued their excellent run at the Australian Open in mixed doubles with an exciting semi-final win on Friday evening

The Australian wildcard pairing held back Americans Desirae Krawczyk and Britons Joe Salisbury 7-5-5-7 [10-8] to kick off a final showdown with Barbora Krejcikova and Rajeev Ram, who came in on Saturday night The Rod Laver Arena is to take place in the women’s singles final

It was almost a perfect day of winners for Salisbury, who returned to the double finals of the Australian Open with Ram on Friday

The defending champions defeated Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6: 4: 7: 6 (2) at Rod Laver Arena to extend their winning streak to eleven games at Melbourne Park

The duo will face Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the title fight on Sunday

Stosur was a mixed champion with Scott Draper in 2005 before Ebden won the 2013 tournament together with Jarmila Gadjosova. Stosur also won the women’s double title in 2019 with Zhang Shuai

And they continued this winning form in the first set in 3rd place in front of a parochial crowd, with Stosur pulling a return error from Krawczyk to get the opening set

Her serve failed her in the last game of the second set Three consecutive double faults gave their opponents the game

But in the match tie-break, Stosur stabilized and she and Ebden teamed up strongly to advance 6-1

There were tense moments for the Australian duo as Krawczyk and Salisbury worked their way back to 8-8 with a solid game on the net

In a fantastic reaction, Stosur hit a forehand return winner from Salibury’s second set for a match point, which Ebden converted with a forehand volley winner

“I think only experience helped us gel quickly,” said Ebden of him and Stosur, who are playing together for the first time

“We first know what to expect from the mixed doubles format, and we also know what to expect from each other and what to look for

“We had some good training sessions together. We did a good job, did a few hours of good practice and good warm-up and good work, worked on our game and prepared for our games

Salisbury’s disappointment was undoubtedly tempered by his win earlier in the day with Ram standing in the stands at Court 3 to support his partner in the mixed semi-finals

After falling 3-0 down, Ram and Salisbury dropped back in the fifth game and broke off serve again in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead. Salibury comfortably served the set and Ram dropped a forehand winner to seal it

There was no breakpoint in the second sentence, and a tie-break was required to separate the two teams

The defending champions competed here, while Soares in particular unraveled; He played a backhand into the net to put Ram and Salisbury 4-2 ahead, threw a long forehand to give them a number of match points, and made a double fault on the first of them which gave Ram and Salisbury the win

The American and the British finished the game with a brilliant 34 winners against only seven mistakes

“That was such a tough game, I think we had to dig really deep and fight hard I think there were times when it was a really good level and times when it subsided a bit and we had to fight to stay in that second sentence

“We obviously knew they were a great team, we played them together so many times, individually, so many times. Getting that break back early in the first set was really good for our morale and then pretty much the rest of the way good match to play, “said Ram

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