July 15, 2018 / 6:31 PM / 10 months ago

Peya and Melichar win mixed doubles title

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 15, 2018 Britain's Jamie Murray and Belarus' Victoria Azarenka pose with the runner up trophies after losing the mixed doubles final against Austria's Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar of the U.S. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

LONDON (Reuters) - Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar dashed hopes of a British champion at this year’s Wimbledon when they beat home favorite Jamie Murray and Belarussian Victoria Azarenka 7-6(1) 6-3 in the mixed doubles final on Sunday.

Murray, the elder brother of twice men’s champion Andy, had been bidding to win back-to-back mixed doubles titles after his success with Swiss Martina Hingis a year ago.

However, after saving a match point at 5-2 down in the second set against the Austrian-American 11th seeds, Murray and Azarenka bowed out by losing the next game.

It was the first grand slam title of any kind for Peya and Melichar.

“You dream about winning Wimbledon as a kid, then realize how difficult tennis actually is. It’s a dream just to play here. But to win here, it’s amazing,” said Melichar, who finished runner-up in the women’s doubles with Kveta Peschke.

After finally lifting a grand slam trophy at the age of 38, Peya added: “I grew up idolizing Boris Becker and his battles with (Stefan) Edberg.

“Wimbledon was always a cornerstone for me, playing in the garden with my brother. So to sit here now and be Wimbledon champion, it definitely feels amazing.”

Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Ed Osmond and Ken Ferris

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