MELBOURNE: Zheng Jie and Yan Zi became China's first Grand Slam winners on Friday, upsetting top seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur in the Australian Open women's doubles final.
Yan and Zheng, who both won singles tournaments last year and were seeded 12th in the doubles at Melbourne, came from a set down and saved two match points in a second set tie-break before going on to win 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.
"We feel very excited and happy," Yan said. "Little bit nervous. Because first time in the centre court. It's so big and so many people."
Yan said the match, which was broadcast in China, would help strengthen the game there, although it was too early to tell if their win would have any impact on the Beijing Olympics.
"In the near future, we think we could be better, make progress, improve a lot, and it can stimulate (tennis)."
Australia's Stosur and American Raymond had been seeking their second successive Grand Slam title after winning the U.S. Open in New York last year. - Reuters