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Tennis: India’s Mirza wins third Grand Slam mixed doubles title

Sania Mirza (right) has now won mixed doubles titles at three of the four Grand Slam after the Indian star and Brazil’s Bruno Soares win the US Open title with a tiebreak win over Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez. Photo: AFP.

Sania Mirza (right) has now won mixed doubles titles at three of the four Grand Slams after the Indian star and Brazil’s Bruno Soares won the US Open, edging Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez in a thrilling match tiebreak . Photo: AFP.

September 6, 2014: The first and only Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title of any kind, Sania Mirza made it three at the US Open by capturing the mixed doubles crown alongside Brazil’s Bruno Soares.

 

The top seeds beat the unseeded pairing of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 after a thrilling finish to a competitive final. Mirza and Soares started strongly, breaking serve twice en route to taking the first set before Spears and Gonzalez rebounded in the second set, breaking twice to draw level.

 

It then looked like Mirza and Soares would cruise to victory in the match tiebreak as they stormed out to a 9-4 lead, but Spears and Gonzalez fought off all five of those match points to tie it up at 9-9, before Mirza and Soares managed to squeak out the next two points.

 

Mirza now has three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, having won two with fellow Indian Mahesh Bhupathi – the 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open. She’s now only missing Wimbledon.

 

The stadium DJ blared It Takes Two by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock straight after match point. It was an ideal theme song for the victory after both Mirza and Soares both came through in the big moments, the Brazilian’s net game on fire and the Indian coming up with arguably the shot of the match on set point in the first set, throwing up a backhand topspin lob up the line and over Gonzalez.

 

The new champions showed their fun sides at the trophy presentation after the match. “He’s a lot of fun on the court,” Mirza said of Soares. “He didn’t play with me for all of these years – I’m not sure why – but I just got asked to play the Australian Open, so I guess we’re playing there.”

 

“I keep getting the right partners,” said Soares, who two years ago won the US Open crown with Ekaterina Makarova, semi-finalist in this year’s singles. “I guess two years from now, Sania will be in the semi-finals of the singles, right? To all the Brazilians and Indians supporting us, we really appreciate it.”

 

Mirza and Soares were asked during their press conference how long they’d been playing together. And just like on the court, Mirza poked some fun at Soares for waiting until now to ask her to play.

 

“We’ve been playing for two weeks,” Soares said. “No, I tried to play with Sania for a long time.”

 

“What a lie,” Mirza interjected.

 

“She finally gave me a chance to play with her,” he said. “I mean, my results before weren’t good enough, so after a couple of weeks she accepted my offer. But honestly I’m just joking. She had another partner and after Wimbledon she messaged me and then another conversation started.”

 

For more information, visit: www.wtatennis.com, www.usopen.org

 

Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/4123781/title/mirza-captures-mixed-doubles-title; Editing by SportAsia

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