After 73-minutes of action, the all-Indian combine of Bhupathi and Sania Mirza clinched their second Grand Slam mixed doubles title as a team, beating the unseeded pairing of Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the French Open final late on Thursday.
The powerful 25-year-old Hyderabadi, promptly declared that the twosome “were the team to beat”. Sania and Bhupathi won their first Grand Slam title together in 2009 (Australian Open) which incidentally was the last major title Bhupathi won before Thursday.
Bhupathi, who turned 38 on Thursday, dedicated the win to his four-month old daughter Saira. “This title has come after a long time,” he said during the presentation ceremony, “it is my first title after my daughter was born. This is for her.” An ecstatic Sania told the gathering, “It’s Mahesh’s birthday today and I am glad we won because now I don’t have to think of a gift for him.”
We wish them to win many more titles in future!