Samantha Stosur (left) and Shuai Zhang celebrate with their trophy after defeating Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic on Friday. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

MELBOURNE – Unseeded pair Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai took out the Australian Open women's doubles title on Friday to be crowned Grand Slam champions at Melbourne Park for the first time.

The Australian-Chinese combination battled past Hungarian-French second seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic - last year's champions - 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.

"Today, it is a dream true for me," said Zhang, who won her first Grand Slam doubles title.

Stosur added: "Shuai, it is always a pleasure being on court with you, we have a great friendship."   

Samantha Stosur of Australia (left) and Shuai Zhang of China pose for a photograph with the Women's Doubles trophy. Photo: David Crosling/EPA
Samantha Stosur of Australia (left) and Shuai Zhang of China pose for a photograph with the Women's Doubles trophy. Photo: David Crosling/EPA

It was their maiden Slam crown as a team, although Stosur had previously won the 2005 US Open and 2006 French Open in a partnership with Lisa Raymond that earned them 20 titles altogether.

En route to the title, Stosur and Zhang knocked out reigning French Open and Wimbledon champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)