Indian Tennis players Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna defeated third seeds England’s Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk from the United States in the semifinal on Wednesday in the Australian Open 2023 held in Melbourne and reached the finale of the mixed doubles event.
Playing the last Grand Slam tournament of her career, Mirza has earned herself the chance to win the seventh major title of her career by reaching the Australian Open mixed doubles final alongside Rohan Bopanna at the Margaret Court Arena Melbourne, Australia.
Mirza And Bopanna Advance To Mixed Doubles Final
The unseeded Indian pair, Mirza and Bopanna knocked out the third seeds Desirae Krawczyk and Neal Skupski by 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 10-6 in the semifinal match that lasted for about 1 hour and 52 minutes. After splitting a set each, Mirza and Bopanna headed to a commanding lead in the Super Tie-breaker round. Sania Mirza found a great backhand to win three-match points and took over the contest with a drive volley that Krawczyk failed to return and lost. Earlier the pair got a walkover in the last-eight fixture against the Spanish-Latvian pair of Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.
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After winning the match, Sania came forward and gave a statement, “It was an amazing match, there was a lot of nerves. It’s my last slam and it’s so special to play with Rohan. He was my first mixed doubles partner when I was 14 and today I’m 36 and he is 42 and we are still playing, we have a solid relationship”.
She also announced that the WTA event in Dubai in February will be her last match. She said “We are excited to come back here and give ourselves another chance. We were playing the best-mixed doubles pair on Tour and had to come up with the best,” about the rival players from the USA and England.
The 42-year-old Rohan Bopanna came forward after the match as well and said, “As Sania mentioned it was a tough team we were playing against. It was not easy to keep the momentum going having lost that second set, but we stayed strong and got an early lead that gave us the momentum,” he also added,” I am Really happy to be sharing the court with Sania. It is an incredible journey, inspiring everyone back home and today all the fans here”.