Samantha Stosur is within striking distance of her first mixed double title at the Australian Open since 2005 after teaming up with Matthew Ebden to win a dramatic semi-final on Friday

The 36-year-old and 33-year-old partner Ebden face a final showdown against the American Rajeev Ram and the Czech Barbora Krejcikova

Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden have reached the mixed double-finals after their semi-final win on FridayCredit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Ashleigh Barty is heading to South Australia for the Adelaide International WTA event next week, before the world’s No. 1 headed for tournaments in Qatar and Dubai in March

Barty’s Australian Open campaign ended in the quarterfinals after falling to Czech Karolina Muchova this year, the Queenslanders and their entourage are likely to set up a base in the northern hemisphere after Barty retired from the year’s pandemic hit for travel 2020 decided against travel abroad

For Stosur, whose 19th Australian Open singles campaign ended in the second round last week, another double title will add to a formidable résumé for the 2011 US Open singles champion

Stosur broke a long drought at the Australian Open two years ago when she teamed up with Chinese Zhang Shuai to win the women’s double crown

In an entertaining clash of an hour and 40 minutes in third place on Friday, Stosur and Ebden had to use the match tie-breaker to get past the American Desirae Krawczyk and the British Joe Salisbury and win 7: 5 5- 7 [10-8]

The Australian couple were under pressure at critical points and had to save seven of the ten breakpoints offered

In this year’s women’s double-final, Belgian Elise Mertens and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka teamed up to score a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Czech combination Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova

Belgian Elise Mertens (left) and Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka celebrate with their trophy after they won the women’s double final on FridayCredit: AP

Mertens, the world number 6 in doubles, said the reserved and relaxed way in which it combines with Sabalenka contributed to its success

“Then we have doubles so we try to make fun of it. But when we’re on the pitch we obviously want to win”

“I try to make it as easy as possible. I think that made the difference for me, that I didn’t care about the result

“I just did my thing Yeah, it works really well I think that’s the key on my side of our success”

The mixed double final of Stosur and Ebden will take place in the Rod Laver Arena after the women’s singles final between Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady on Saturday evening

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