Aussie duo win wild cards
Ben Mitchell and Bojana Bobusic have won wild cards into the main draw of the Australian Open.
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The duo won their respective finals at the Australian wild-card play-offs in Melbourne on Sunday to ensure they will play in their home Grand Slam tournament next month.
Mitchell defeated Matt Reid 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 6-4 to win his final.
Having raced into a two-set lead, Mitchell began to look weary in the third - understandable given he had been pushed to 9-7 in the fifth set of his five-hour semi-final.
However, despite needing on-court treatment, Mitchell rallied in the fourth to seal his spot in the main draw.
The 20-year-old said: "I really didn't know how I was going to be today.
"I guess the competitive side of me came out and I really wanted to win."
Looking ahead to what will be his second Australian Open, he added: "I'm excited and nervous - hopefully I don't play (Novak) Djokovic or (Roger) Federer (in the first round)."
Bobusic, who beat last year's play-off winner Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals, crushed Monique Adamczak 6-1 6-3 to book her spot in the main draw.
Adamczak had not dropped a set en route to the final but had no asnwer to the 25-year-old's game.
"I'm really happy with the way I played and really happy with the win," said Bobusic.
"Obviously all week I've been setting goals and objectives and things I wanted to do well in the match and then the rest would take care of itself. So I think I just did that really well today and was fortunate enough to get the win.
"She (Adamczak) actually served a couple of really good games but I served it out at 4-3 which really helped the momentum.
"I'm very excited - I've still got some work to do but one step at a time."
The Australian Open gets under way on January 14.