Mahesh Bhupathi – Sania Mirza win Aus Open Mixed Doubles

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Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, beating Nathalie Dechy (France) and Andy Ram (Israel) 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. The ace Indian pair thus made up for the disappointment of last year when they were beaten by Tiantian Sun and Nenad Zimonjic in the final.

While Sania picked her maiden Grand slam title in the process, Bhupathi swelled his Grand Slam title collection in mixed doubles to seven. Before Sunday’s triumph he won six mixed doubles crowns with different partners, the last also at the Australian Open in 2006 when he had partnered Swiss Martina Hingis.

Sania and Bhupathi had an easier time than they may have expected. Ram was broken in the opening game and from then on there was nothing the French-Israeli pair could do to stop the Indians. Two more breaks, in the seventh and ninth games, and Sania and Bhupathi had the first set in their bag in 28 minutes.

The second set too was one-sided. Bhupathi kicked it off, winning at love. Then a break on Dechy’s serve put the Indians high in the saddle at 3-1. Another break off Ram’s serve and the Indians were cruising at 5-1. Sania completed the formalities by serving out the seventh game for the set and match in 54 minutes.

On Saturday, Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles squandered a one-set lead and went down to Bob and Mike Bryan in the men’s doubles final.

Above picture from: Australian Open & news from Rediff

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7 Comments

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  2. amreekandesi says:

    Great news. Would have been so much nicer if Bhupathi had won the doubles as well.

    Also, looking forward to Sania getting back to peak singles form.

  3. Chirag says:

    This is good man, as AD said now Sania should start wining some singles.

  4. Liju Philip says:

    @Chirag, AD, hope Sania will also not drift too much into the doubles and mixed doubles and concentrates on singles.

  5. shaaakspsyco says:

    YA YA YA YA AY A YAY AYA
    excellent win!

  6. Peter Della Penna says:

    Hmmm… Whatever happened to all those death threats and nonsense directed towards Mirza? Congrats to her especially and hopefully this will be a big middle finger to all the people who chastize her while saying nothing of all the actresses in Bollywood who show their fair share of skin.

  7. manpreet says:

    Hope this win means many more ahead.

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