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No mixed feelings over Aussie title bid
Sam Lienert
13:28 AEST Sat Jan 26 2013

Australians Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova aren't viewing the mixed doubles title as the poor relation of the Australian Open trophies on offer as they head into Sunday's final.

But they both hope to use it as a springboard for singles success.

South African-born Ebden and Slovakian-born Gajdosova, who hadn't played together before this tournament, will meet Czech pair Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak in Sunday's decider.

Ebden and Gajdosova were both first-round singles losers.

Ebden said it would be good experience just to share a locker room on Sunday with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray before they play the men's singles final.

But he said the chance to win a mixed doubles grand slam title meant plenty in itself, pointing to the record of his mentor, Australian tennis legend Margaret Court, whose unmatched 62 major titles included 19 in mixed doubles.

"People don't go 'Oh well, she's only got 40,'" Ebden said.

"She's got (62). I guess a grand slam title is a grand slam title.

"We're going to do our best to get it."

Ebden's family have attended the Christian church run by Court in Perth since moving from South Africa to Australia when Ebden was about 12.

Court has also acted as his tennis mentor since that time.

He spends several hours talking with Court whenever he's in Perth and planned on consulting her again ahead of Sunday's final.

"Obviously the tour was very different back in her day but still she knows what it's like to go through big matches and win grand slams," he said.

Both he and Gajdosova said getting this far in a major should boost their singles careers.

"Just winning matches and titles in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, it all helps," Ebden said.


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