The Latest: Mattek-Sands, Murray into AO mixed-doubles final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):
Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jamie Murray have defeated Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the mixed doubles semifinals at Melbourne Park.
Mattek-Sands and Murray will be bidding for their third Grand Slam mixed doubles title together when they face Barbora Krejcikova and Nikola Mektic in Saturday's final.
Murray is the older brother of three-time major singles champion Andy.
Krejcikova and Mektic advanced by eliminating Gabriela Dabrowski and Henri Kontinen 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the other semifinal.
Krejcikova won the Australian Open mixed doubles championship last year with Rajeev Ram.
Mattek-Sands won it in 2012 with Horia Tecau.
Both of Friday's semifinals were played with the main stadium's retractable roof shut because the temperature soared to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius).
With the temperature soaring to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius), the mixed doubles semifinals have been played under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena.
The Australian Open's “heat stress reading” reached a maximum level of 5.
In addition to shutting the main stadium's roof, tournament officials postponed the start of play for junior and wheelchair competition because those were scheduled for smaller courts that do not have a retractable roof.
A brief rain shower in the afternoon helped lower the temperature to about 100 degrees (40 Celsius).
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