Australian Open 2024: Neal Skupski & Desirae Krawczyk through to mixed doubles final
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Second seeds Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk will compete for their third Grand Slam title together in the Australian Open mixed doubles.
In the final, they will take on third seeds Su-Wei Hsei and Jan Zielinski, who knocked out Jaimee Fourlis and Andrew Harris 7-6(8), 6-2 in their semi-final.
The Australian Open mixed doubles final will take place on Friday 26 January.
“It would be nice to add another trophy to the collection, but we know it’s one point at a time and it’s just nice to be in the final here in Australia,” said Skupski.
“It’s the first time we’ll both play in a final in Australia and Des is going for all four Grand Slams in her career.
“It’s going to be difficult – I think Zielinski lost today in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles and he made the final here last year so he obviously likes playing here. Hsei is a legend of the game and she seems to keep getting better and better, so we’ll have to do our homework on those two.”
Despite the final scoreline, it was a difficult start for Skupski and Krawczyk. The British, American duo were broken on Krawczyk’s first service game and found themselves facing break points at 4-2 down.
The hold proved to be a turning point in the match after a couple of double faults from Gadecki and some heavy returning from the second seeds helped them get back on level terms.
Much like their match against Lloyd Glasspool and Veronika Kudermetova earlier in the week, Skupski and Krawczyk found a way to take control of the match from a losing position. They broke Polmans to love to clinch the first set and from there, went on to win nine of the last 10 games – finishing with an impressive 22 winners.
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