Jamie Murray & Bethanie Mattek-Sands successfully defended their mixed doubles title at the US Open on Saturday, defeating top seeds Hao-Ching Chan & Michael Venus, 6-2 6-3.
We played amazing the whole 2 weeks, especially the semi-finals and finals,I've always had fun on the court. Really happy to win again Jamie Murray
They became the first mixed doubles duo to win back-to-back US Open titles since South African Kevin Curran & American Anne Smith in 1981 and 1982.
Murray, who also won the 2017 US Open mixed doubles crown with Martina Hingis, became the first man to capture 3 US Open mixed doubles titles in a row since Australia’s Neale Fraser from 1958-1960.
“We played amazing the whole 2 weeks, especially the semi-finals and finals,” Murray said. “I’ve always had fun on the court. Really happy to win again.”
Mattek-Sands ended matters after 59 minutes with a backhand service return winner.
“They were all over us from the start,” Venus said. “Too good.”
Murray & Mattek-Sands combined to hit 23 winners with only 11 unforced errors in collecting the $160,000 top prize.
“Jamie, you were on fire this whole 2 weeks,” Mattek-Sands said. “We have a lot of fun. He keeps me grounded. I’m the energetic one.”
Murray, whose other Grand Slam mixed doubles crowns came at Wimbledon in 2007 and 2017 added: “She says I’m the yin to her yang.”
This is the 33-year-old’s 7th Grand Slam doubles title, and 5th in mixed.
Mattek-Sands also has Grand Slam mixed doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open with Romanian Horia Tecau and the 2015 French Open with compatriot Mike Bryan.
New Zealander Venus & Taiwan’s Chan, who lost to Murray and Hingis in the 2017 US Open mixed final, had not dropped a set until the final.
“Very happy to play again with Michael,” Chan said. “We hope we can come back again and win this match.”
Murray & Mattek-Sands needed a wild card to have a chance at defending their US Open mixed doubles title, and made the most of their opportunity.
The British-American pair stormed through the last 5 games of the opening set.
A break of the Venus serve, courtesy of a stunning Mattek-Sands return, gave the Glasgow-Minnesota alliance the early initiative.
Murray’s instinctive backhand volley then secured the double break and the opening set was wrapped up in 27 minutes.
In a tighter second set the teams exchanged 4 successive breaks of serve but the British-American pair broke again for a 4-3 lead and then powered through the last 3 games of the match.
They converted their first match point when Mattek-Sands whacked a brilliant backhand down the line to wrap up play in just under the hour.
The 34-year-old American, who has won 9 Grand Slam doubles title, celebrated by leaping on Murray before the pair took the acclaim of a jubilant crowd.
Mattek-Sands’ presence had ensured the backing of the home crowd on Ashe, and they roared with delight when her backhand return whizzed past Venus on championship point.
The colourful American whipped out her phone to take a selfie with her partner as they celebrated a dominant win.
“It’s easier playing on the big courts,” said Murray. “I know Beth loves it, playing in front of lots of people and she played an amazing match.