Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza were in superb form as they defeated Neal Skopski, Desira Krawczyk 7(7)-6(5)6(5)-7(7)10-6 in their mixed doubles semi-final at the Margaret Court Arena. defeated by Wednesday in Melbourne.
Sania and Bopanna battled it out in a match that lasted one hour and 52 minutes and each set went to a tie-breaker, with the super tie-breaker eventually deciding the result in a crunch clash. The Indian pair will face the winner of the other semi-final between Olivia Giedecki, Marc Poulmanis and Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos.
After winning the match, Sania said, “It was an amazing match, a lot of nerves. It’s my last Slam and it’s very special to play with Rohan. He was my first mixed doubles partner when I was 14 and today. “I’m 36 and he’s 42 and we’re still playing, we have a strong relationship,” Sania said after the match.
This is also going to be the last Grand Slam of his career. “We’re excited to come back here and give ourselves another chance. We were playing the best mixed doubles pairs on the tour and had to come up with the best,” he said of the US and England rivals. I’m not a caller but I’m almost there now, I’ve been feeling the love of coming here for the past 18 years. It feels like home to me, I have a family here, I eat at home and I have a lot of Indians supporting me”, she added.
The Indian pair got a walkover in their last eight match against the Latvian-Spanish duo of Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez. Mirza and Bopanna opened their campaign with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Jimmy Forlis, Luke Saville, followed by a 6-4 7(11)-6(9) win over Ariel Behar and Makoto Ninomiya. Won the victory. Meanwhile, Krawczyk, Skupski started with a tough match against Australian duo John Pearce, Storm Saunders 6(3)-7(7)7(14)-6(12) 10-8. In the second round, he had an easy 6-2 6-4 win over Andrew Harris Alana Parnaby, followed by 4-6 6-3 10-5 victories over Jamie Murray and Taylor Townsend.
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