Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna reached the finals of the Australian Open.© Twitter
The unseeded Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna defeated third seeds Desira Krawczyk and Neil Skupski 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 10-6 in the semi-finals of the Australian Open mixed doubles on Wednesday. The semi-final match lasted one hour and 52 minutes. Happiness was at its peak for Sania, who is playing the last Grand Slam of her career, as soon as she finished for the winning side. Bopanna too is elated with this win. The two hugged each other before shaking hands with their opponents and wholeheartedly thanked the crowd for their support.
Watch the heartwarming moments here:
A fitting farewell, @Mirza SaniaThe grand stage will be the last dance!
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2023
After splitting each set, the Indians raced to a commanding lead in the super tie-breaker. Sania found a stunning backhand winner to earn three match points and sealed the contest with a drive volley that Krakczyk couldn’t return.
“I’m not a cryer but I’m almost there now, I feel the love I’ve been coming here for the past 18 years. It feels like home to me, I have a family here, I eat at home and I have many Indians supporting me,” said Sania, who won her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in 2009, sharing the title with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.
With the win, Sania kept alive her hopes of a seventh major title. It is worth highlighting that the tennis star has already confirmed that the WTA 1000 event in Dubai will be her last professional tennis match.
(with PTI input)
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