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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