The Latest: Kvitova levels Australian Open final vs Osaka

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              Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic hits a backhand to Japan's Naomi Osaka during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):

12:25 a.m.

First-time combination Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova have won the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Aussie pair John-Patrick Smith and Astra Sharma.

It was the first tournament together for each team, the winners as the No.3 seeds and the Australians needing a wildcard to even get into the draw.

While Krejcikova, the No. 1-ranked doubles player, shared the 2018 French Open and Wimbledon women’s doubles titles with compatriot Katerina Siniakova. Ram’s only previous Grand Slam final appearance was runner-up finish in the 2016 U.S. Open mixed with fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe.