Mattek-Sands, Tecau win Australian mixed title

January 29, 2012 - 3:55 AM
Australian Open Tennis

Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US, right, and Horia Tecau of Romania in action during their mixed doubles final against Elena Vesnina of Russia and Leander Paes of India at the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Sarah Ivey)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Romanian Horia Tecau won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open on Sunday, beating Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes 6-3, 5-7, 10-3.

It was the first Grand Slam victory for the 26-year-old Mattek-Sands, known as much for her eccentric on-court attire as her tennis. For the final, she wore a lime, one-sleeve top, black skirt, black knee-high socks, purple streaks in her hair and her regular eye black on her cheeks.

Tecau also captured his first Grand Slam title. He has lost twice before in the men's doubles final at Wimbledon.

Paes, a 38-year-old doubles specialist from India, was playing in his second championship match in as many days. He won the men's doubles trophy with Radek Stepanek on Saturday night.