In the final Grand Slam of her career, Sania Mirza and compatriot Rohan Bopanna defeated the No. 3 seed pair of Great Britain’s Neal Skupski and USA’s Desirae Krawczyk 7-6(4), 6 in the mixed doubles match to advance to the final. -7 (5), (10-6).
She showed a strong determination to serve the first set and won in a tense tie-breaker. The second set had many twists and turns and the tension was on full display.
After an early break, Bopanna’s generally reliable serve was broken after committing two unusual forehand forced errors. Some solid net play and the return of Sania immediately caught the brakes, but came under pressure right away. Sania double faulted at the break point, allowing the Brit-American partnership to get back into the game.
Then it was the opposition party’s turn to collapse under pressure. Unable to do too much first serve, Krawczyk lost the service game to her love after Sania and Bopanna overpowered the two return winners to the court.
Sania later served for the match, but she again looked uneasy and double faulted early. The Indian pair took match point and saved it with Skupski’s overpowering forehand. At the deuce, a one-point break/game point in doubles at the Australian Open, Bopanna hit a volley to get the break back.
But in the second-set tiebreaker, the third seed showed experience and clutch play, coming back furiously and hitting big shots from the baseline to pressure the Indian duo and take the tiebreaker 7-5 after trailing 3-5. .
In the deciding set 10-point tiebreaker at the Australian Open doubles event, Sania and Bopanna took a 5-point lead and kept serving to finish the breaker 10-6 and advance to the final. .
The Sania-Bopanna partnership will make their first Grand Slam final in their final outing. In particular, the two advanced to the semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Mirza is a two-time Australian Open champion, having won the mixed doubles event with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009 and the women’s doubles event with Martina Hingis in 2016. Bopanna, on the other hand, has never won a title in Melbourne, but has reached the mixed doubles. 2018 final doubles with Timea Babos.