Mate Pavic of Croatia and Laura Siegemund of Germany won the US Open mixed doubles championship in their first tournament together, beating the American duo of Rajeev Ram and CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 in the final Friday.
Pavic and Siegemund decided to pair up shortly before the deadline to sign up for the draw at Flushing Meadows and did not drop a set during the tournament.
“I have a great partner. Now I know him a little bit better,” Siegemund said during the trophy ceremony. “Our games match. He’s a great server. Any girl would like that, I guess.”
They will split $150,000 in prize money for earning the title. Neither had played in a Grand Slam final before.
Ram and Vandeweghe also were first-time partners and eliminated defending champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes in the second round.
Ram won a silver medal in mixed doubles with Venus Williams at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month.