Last Update: January 25, 2023, 15:02 IST
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna defeated third seeds Desirea Krawczyk and Neil Skupski 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 10-6 to book a place in the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
The Indian pair had on Tuesday sealed their place in the semi-finals after getting a quarter-final walkover from Latvian-Spanish pair Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez.
On Monday, the Rio Olympics semifinalists beat Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya and Uruguay’s Ariel Behar 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) in their second-round match to set up a quarter-final with Ostapenko and Hernandez. The Indian pair had earlier defeated Australia’s Jamie Fourlis and Luke Saville in the first round.
Bopanna and his partner 10th seed Matthew Ebden crashed out in the first round of the men’s doubles event, while Mirza and her Kazakh partner Ana Danilina crashed out in the second round of the women’s doubles event.
Ramkumar Ramanathan and his Mexican teammates Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni were also knocked out in the first round.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and N Sriram Balaji had reached the second round before bowing out.
No Indian participated in the men’s singles competition.
Sania is playing her last major as a six-time Grand Slam champion and earlier this month announced she would retire from professional tennis at the Dubai Tennis Championships, a WTA 1000 event, starting February 19. Used to be.
Sania has six major doubles titles to her credit – three in women’s doubles and the same number in mixed doubles – her first victory came in 2009 when she partnered Mahesh Bhupathi to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title.
(with inputs from agencies)
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