Indians love Indian names atop lists and when there are two involved, the excitement all the more doubles. Earlier in the French Open, the borders’ favorite duo Bopanna and Qureshi crashed out of the tournament, and another pair came right in to settle the dues.
Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi have been cruising through the whole of the series and have secured a place in the finals. They beat Galina Voskoboeva and Danielle Bracciali with scores of 6-4, 6-2 to reach the mixed doubles final leg on Wednesday. The game lasted well over 70 minutes and the 7th seeds comfortably glided through the game effortlessly.
Although the game was not the biggest challenge, Bhupathi did struggle with his serves in the starting however as the game went on, the Indians regained their confidence and conquered the game. Sania Mirza was at her top form throughout the whole of the match. She continued to pressure her opponents with her strong serves and forehands. Her season this year has been remarkable as she continues to win most of her games and keep the Indian dream alive.
By the time the game reached its second set, the opponents were well out of air as Mirza-Bhupathi continued to steam the clay court.
Mirza and Bhupathi will play the winners of Galina Voskoboeva and Daniele Bracciali or Nuria Llagostera and Oliver Marach.
Leander Paes is still at the running of the mixed doubles as well. Paired with Russian partner Elena Vesnina (who has been Sania’s regular partner), they will play against Liezel Huber and Max Mirnyi. However the play may get thrice as exciting if Bhupathi and Mirza meet Paes and his partner.
India counts on their tennis superstars to bag this title of glory. Bhupathi had last won the mixed doubles titles at Roland Garros back in the year 1997. That time he was paired against Japan’s Rika Hiraki. This will be Sania Mirza’s first title, if successful. She did reach the finals last year, however fell short behind the title. The duo had been the runners up in the 2009 Austrailian Open but were the winners of the 2010 series.
All eyes lie on the finals to see who takes home the mixed doubles champions trophy.