New Delhi :
It can become a starry moment for Indian Tennis ace Sania Mirza when goes on centre in the final match of the Australian Open Mixed-Doubles. If she with her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig emerges victorious in the title clash, it will be overall Sania’s 7th major Grand Slam title.
If this Indo-Croatian pair manages to post a victory at Melbourne Park on Sunday then it would be Sania’s first Grand Slam title with Dodig and fourth major mixed doubles triumph overall.
Seeded second in Australia Open, the pair will be going head to head with the unseeded pair of America’s Abigail Spears and Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabel.
The 30-year-old Sania Mirza has won three mixed doubles titles so far, the last being the US Open in 2014 with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.
With Dodig, Sania had an opportunity to win a major tournament when the pair reached the final of Frech Open but they lost to compatriot Leander Paes and her than women’s doubles partner Martina Hingis in the summit clash.
For Sania, it will be her fifth final at the Australian Open. She was runner-up with Mahesh Bhupathi in 2008, and the pair triumphed in 2009. She was runner-up in 2014 with Horia Tecau.
Sania is the only Indian to have made her way to the first Grand Slam final of the year as other players Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna, Purav Raja, Divij Sharan and juniors—Zeel Desai and Siddhant Banthia—all made early exits in the tournament already.
(With Inputs from PTI)