Mirza and Bhupathi take French Open mixed doubles title
The Indian No.7 seeds Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi are mixed doubles champions, defeating Santiago Gonzalez and Klaudia Jans-Ignacek 7-6(3), 6-1. This is the second Grand Slam title for the Indian pairing, who won the Australian Open in 2009.
The No.7 seeds created quite a stir when they ousted No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals, whilst Mexican Gonzalez and Poland’s Jans-Ignacek were rank outsiders coming into the tournament, only to defeat Nadia Petrova and Daniel Nestor (No.8) in the first round to lay down a marker.
The unheralded pairing looked like they would continue their Parisian fairy-tale right through to the title when they broke Mirza’s first service game to lead 2-0, but Gonzalez could not serve out for the set, allowing the Indians to get back into the match at 5-5. The set went to a tie-break with Mirza and Bhupathi changing ends a mini-break to the good at 4-2 and pulling clear to win it 7-3.
The second set was one-way traffic, with Bhupathi and Mirza cruising to two breaks and winning at a canter, 7-6(3), 6-1.