Aussie duo Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden have fallen one win short of claiming The Australian Open mixed doubles title.
The Aussie pair were exceptional in their first tournament teaming up, but unfortunately ultimately fell short at the last hurdle, going down to sixth seeds Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova 1-6, 4-6 in the final on Rod Laver Arena.
The pairing of Ram and Krejcikova were unstoppable all fortnight, dropping just one set in their five matches to claim the title.
However, perhaps their most impressive performance came in the final. The Czech-American pairing dropped a remarkable seven points on serve in the match, not allowing the Aussies a look in on their serve.
The Aussies were blitzed in 59 minutes, with the first set lasting a mere 25 minutes, in which the Czech-American duo did not hit a single unforced error.
Krejcikova and Ram were always going to be tough to beat. Ram won the men's doubles title last year and will be hoping to claim back to back titles when he takes to the court to defend his title, in the match before the men's singles final on Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.
As for Krejcikova - this is her third consecutive mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, and it's not the first time her and Ram have teamed up together to defeat an Aussie pairing in the final. Back in 2019, Krejcikova and Ram defeated Aussie duo Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith to claim the title.