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Elena Bovina, Australian Open champion

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Elena Bovina and Nenad Zimonjic, teaming for the first time, defeated defending champions Martina Navratilova and Leander Paes on Sunday to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title.

Russian right-hander Bovina and Zimonjic, from Serbia-Montenegro, ended Navratilova's hopes of a 10th Grand Slam mixed doubles title with a 6-1, 7-6 (3) center-court victory in 1 hour, 9 minutes.

Navratilova, seeded fourth with Paes, has said she will retire from tournament play at the end of the year.

Bovina, a mixed doubles finalist at the French Open in 2002, was thrilled with their breakthrough Grand Slam triumph.

``When I was a junior my coach made us bury all the trophies for second and third place,'' the 20-year-old Bovina said. ``I really wanted to keep this one today, so I really tried.

``It's just great to get a trophy. Doesn't matter if it's singles, doubles, mixed doubles. It's first place, it's fantastic for me.''

She said it was the first time she and Zimonjic had teamed together, and ``I think we did pretty good.''

Zimonjic, 27, said he had left a note with WTA Tour officials before the tournament seeking a partner, and that Bovina had responded.

``I'd like to thank you guys for finding a great partner for me,'' he said.

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Congrats, Elena! Very nice for you!

That trophy-burying thing is a bit chilling, though!
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Great win Lena!

Playing so much better in Doubles at the AO in a scratch pairing!

Keep it up.

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At the US Open, Lena and Rennae Stubbs reached the quarters, where they lost to Paola and Vivi.
I was surprised that Lena didn't enter the women's doubles. But it worked out great. Lena's first major.
In every major, Lena should enter both doubles events. She's excellent at the net, a good doubles player. Lena has a chance to win more majors. And the money's great.

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Lena has always had excellent results in doubles... if she played full-time, she'd be a Top 10 doubles player, at least. Just imagine if Lena could ever play with someone for more than a week?

It's obvious that she can't play both singles & doubles full-time, however... our Lena isn't as strong as Kim or Sveta.
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I didn't mean full-time. Just at the majors. That's where the money is.
It also another chance to win a major.

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However, you don't see any part-time doubles teams winning majors... it works in mixed, but not for women's.

To reach your best... you need a have a partner for long time.
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True. But Lena's a great talent. With a good doubles partner, like Rennae, she can go far.
They beat Nadya/Meghann in NY.

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Lena's won 2 Tier I doubles titles. 1 with Justine, and 1 with Rennae.

The talent is obviously there. If Lena could just ever find a consistent doubles partner.

Lena & Sveta would be nice... both young, both Russian, and could play for many many years...
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Sveta? You changed your mind. I thought we agreed on Nags Jr.

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I used to not take doubles seriously. Now, I see that it could be a really good opportunity for Lena. It could also propel her singles' career like it has for Paola. Sveta would be the best option.

Shyperova won't be playing much doubles... she's going to be retired in a couple years.
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She's going to be posting here like us. LOL.
If I was Joe G., and getting a percentage, I would want Lena to play doubles.
Sveta and Elena L. made more money than Nastya in Melbourne.

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I suggested Sveta months ago. Sveta's going to earn millions on the tour.
Even if she never gets into the top 20. Every major, 6 figures.

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It's not beyond the realm of possibility that Shyperova is either the_cat or Sharky...

Sveta has proved herself to be a great doubles' player... and she's only 18. Lena needs to give her a call.
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If she's playing with Elena L., then Lena is an upgrade. That really is possible, if Lena wants to do it.
And I think Sveta can improve. Lena/Sveta could be multiple slam winners.

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