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Dabrowski repeats as a Grand Slam champion

Jan 28, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

She is a Major champion once again. On Saturday night, Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski captured the second Grand Slam mixed doubles title of her career at the Australian Open after she and partner Mate Pavic of Croatia, seeded eighth, came back to defeat the fifth-seeded duo of Hungary’s Timea Babos and India’s Rohan Bopanna 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 in the championship match.

Dabrowski and Pavic, who also won the men’s doubles crown, had not dropped a set heading into the final. After splitting the first two sets with Babos, the women’s doubles winner in Melbourne, and Bopanna, they were first to get the mini break in the third set super tiebreak only to see their opponents fight back to tie it up at 5-5. The two teams remained even until Dabrowski and Pavic secured the decisive mini break at 10-9 when Dabrowski hit a striking return winner on match point.

With the win, Dabrowski joins Daniel Nestor as the only Canadian to win multiple Grand Slams. To do so, the 25-year-old defeated the man who helped her win her first at the French Open last year, Rohan Bopanna. Her triumph at Roland-Garros made her the first Canadian woman to ever win a Major.

Dabrowski, who currently sits at a career-high ranking of no. 15, also reached the women’s doubles quarter-finals at the Australian Open with partner Yifan Xu of China.