PARIS: Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury captured their first Grand Slam mixed doubles title in gritty fashion, coming from a set down to deny first-time pairing Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev 2-6, 6-4, 10-5.
The American-British pair were overpowered in a one-sided first set, but hung tough to snatch the second and dominated the ensuing match tiebreak.
"We weren't really expecting this," said Salisbury afterwards. "They killed us in the first set, and I think that it was a combination of sort of us getting better, then they dropped their level a bit. All week I think we have just gone into it relaxed, enjoying ourselves and seeing what happens. We have come out with a Grand Slam title."
For Krawczyk, the runner-up in women's doubles at Roland Garros last year alongside Alexa Guarachi, it is a first Grand Slam trophy of any kind. Salisbury adds the title to his 2020 Australian Open men's doubles crown with Rajeev Ram. He is also the first Briton to become a Roland Garros champion since 1982, when John Lloyd partnered Wendy Turnbull to the mixed doubles title. Agencies