Saturday, January 29, 2005
Stosur's last-minute decision pays off
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
"I thought of Scott and I'm really glad he said yes," Stosur
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.