Mirza & Bhupati win mixed-doubles French Open Title at Roland Garros. Tennis star Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi won the mixed-doubles titles of the French Open, beating the Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and her Mexican partner Santiago Gonzalez 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.
The Indian pair started slow, giving up an early break, but got stronger as the match went on. Breaking back their counterparts in the sixth game & forcing a tiebreaker, which they won 7-3.With the first set in the bag, both Bhupathi & Mirza could freely in the second set, breaking Jans-Ignacik & Gonzalez in the opening game & seldom looked back closing out the match 6-1 in the second set.
Earlier in the day, Maria Sharapova reclaimed the No. one rating & moved step closer to finishing a career Grand Slam by defeating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 in the windblown semifinals at Roland Garros.Winning with a second-serve ace, Sharapova raised her arms aloft, looked up & smiled.
Sharapova will face the 21st-seeded Spanish, Sara Errani, who advanced to her first Grand Slam final after upsetting No. 6 seed Sam Stosur, for the the Spanish Open title.Bhupathi, of the most successful men’s doubles & mixed doubles players ever, won the title in style on his 38th birthday.
“Now I don’t must think of a gift to give him,” Mirza said after their victory which was broadcast live in India, where the pair, playing as seventh seeds, are national sporting heroes.Bhupathi, who is married to Indian actress & former Miss Universe Lara Dutta, dedicated the trophy to their four-month-old daughter Saira, his first child.”This one’s for her & I am happy,” he said, after winning his eighth mixed doubles majors crown — he’s now won each mixed title two times.
Bhupathi first won the mixed doubles title at Roland Garros in 1997, when he teamed up with Japan’s Rika Hiraki to become the first player from India to lift a Grand Slam trophy.He completed a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles in 2006. Bhupathi also has men’s doubles majors, including in Paris.It was the third time that Mirza & Bhupathi had reached a Grand Slam final together. They won the 2009 Australian Open after being runners-up at the same match in 2008.
“We play a hazardous kind of tennis. When we are playing well, it is kind of hard to beat us,” Bhupathi told a news conference.Mirza, who did not play singles at Roland Garros following a rankings slump, added: “Every time you enter a match you need to win it. That is something that you enter hoping.”You know, they were happy that they could keep the level up over weeks & come out playing well on the important points. I think that is what matters in mixed with the deuce & tremendous tiebreaks.”
Mirza said he felt they were destined to win the final, which was played in the late evening & in the aftermath of the women’s singles semi-finals, & was watched by a handful of fans inside the Philippe Chatrier court.”It’s happened the second time on his birthday. Funnily , he said it the first time when they were playing the first round. He said, ‘Oh, last time I won on my birthday in Paris. I won my first slam’,” he explained.
“So he said, ‘Maybe it is destiny’. They were still in the first round. They kept winning & they didn’t need to jinx it, so they didn’t mention it again.”Gonzalez & Jans-Ignacik had prevented the final becoming a virtually all-Indian affair when they defeated Leander Paes & his Russian partner Elena Vesnina in the semi-finals.