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Saturday, January 29, 2005
Stosur's last-minute decision pays off

Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australia's Scott Draper and Samantha Stosur won the Australian Open mixed doubles title Sunday, beating Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe and Liezel Huber of South Africa 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (6).

Draper and Stosur teamed at the last minute after her original partner withdrew.

"I thought of Scott and I'm really glad he said yes," Stosur said.

Draper, also a pro golfer, had to juggle sports over the past four days, playing in his first pro golf event Friday morning and winning his mixed doubles semifinal Friday afternoon. He missed the cut in the Victoria Open with rounds of 79 and 74.

"It's been interesting," Draper said. "We've got a Grand Slam title now and no one can take that away from us."

Draper, who qualified for his Australasian PGA Tour card in December, is hoping for a start in next week's Heineken Classic at nearby Royal Melbourne, but might have to qualify Monday. Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Adam Scott are entered.

"Scott's having a bit of a blinder -- he's one of the luckiest guys in the world, to be able to go out in the morning and play golf and then come out in the afternoon and win a Grand Slam title," Ullyett said. "He's the envy of the male population."

On Saturday, Ullyett and Wayne Black won their second Grand Slam doubles title, beating Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4.

In the junior finals Sunday, second-seeded American Donald Young beat top-seeded Kim Sun-yong of South Korea 6-2, 6-4, and top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated 12th-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary 6-2, 6-2.