Australian wildcards Jarmila Gajdosova and Matt Ebden have continued their tournament of upsets after progressing to the semifinals of the mixed doubles.
The duo scored a tense 6-3 3-6 [13-11] over fifth seeds Nadia Petrova and Mahesh Bhupathi in the quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon.
With the contest locked at one-set apiece, the Aussies held their nerve in the deciding match tiebreak, fighting back from 7-4 down to claim victory.
“I think Matt’s (nerves) were much better than mine,” Gajdosova said afterwards.
“He was very positive, which kind of helped me to relax. I thought we ended up pretty well. I’m glad I had Matt on my side and he helped me a lot today.”
Remarkably, Gajdosova and Ebden are playing just their first tournament as a combination after deciding late last year to form a pairing.
“I think about December or about Christmas (we talked) and I’m glad we decided that way. He actually texted me and asked me if I had somebody ... so I said ‘yep’.
“He’s a nice person, fun to be around, plus he plays some really nice tennis. He serves well and knows what to do around the court; I help out here and there with some serves.”
Having made the semifinals at Roland Garros and the US Open, Gajdosova will be looking to take her mixed doubles experience into the semifinal against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova and Uzbek Denis Istomin on Friday.
“To do it in your home Grand Slam is even better,” she said.
“I hope a lot of people come and watch our semifinal tomorrow.”
Czech duo Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cernak ousted third seeds Sania Mirza and Bob Bryan 7-5 6-4 to set up a semifinal with Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski.