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  Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 02:50 GMT
Mixed success for scratch pair
Australian Open mixed doubles champions Karl Ullyett and Daniela Hantuchova
It was Ullyett and Hantuchova's first event together
Daniela Hantuchova and Kevin Ullyett have won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open.

Hantuchova and Ullyett beat Argentine pair Gaston Etlis and Paolo Suarez 6-3 6-2 in just under an hour in the Rod Laver Arena.

Slovakian Hantuchova, who was a runner-up in the women's doubles final on Friday, extended her unbeaten record in mixed doubles in major events.

The 18-year-old partnered Leos Friedl to win the Wimbledon crown last year and now has won all 10 matches she has played in Grand Slam mixed doubles.

Suarez and Etlis had to settle for being runners-up

"This is beyond my expectations," admitted Hantuchova.

"I'm really happy because I was in the final of the (women's) doubles and missed that - I really wanted to take home one title," she said.

It was also a second Grand Slam title for Ullyett, who won the men's doubles at last year's US Open with fellow Zimbabwean Wayne Black.

Hantuchova and Ullyett, who were combining for the first time in a tournament, took the first set after breaking in the fourth game.

After trading breaks at the start of the second set, the Zimbabwean-Slovakian combination roared ahead and sealed victory when Ullyett intercepted a return with a volley winner.

Suarez, who was also runner-up in the mixed event at the French Open last year, admitted that the better pair had won.

"They were more consistent than us - we had our chances but we just didn't take them," she said.

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