Australian Open 2023: Sania Mirza ends superb Grand Slam profession after ending as runner-up in combined doubles ultimate2 min read
Australian Open 2023: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna misplaced to the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos within the ultimate of the combined doubles on the Rod Laver Arena.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 27, 2023 08:18 IST
Aus Open: Mirza ends superb Slam profession after ending as runner-up in ultimate. Courtesy: Sania Mirza Instagram
By Sabyasachi Chowdhury: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, on Friday, January 27, misplaced the ultimate of the combined doubles to the Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos. The Indian pair misplaced the match 6-7 (2-6), 2-6 on the Rod Laver Arena.
The set was completely staged for a fairytale ending for Sania Mirza in her journey in Grand Slams. However, that wasn’t the case ultimately, regardless of valiant efforts from the 36-year-old. She ended with six doubles titles in her illustrious profession.
The Indian duo didn’t make an amazing begin after conceding an early break of serve. However, they made amends by incomes one, making it 2-2 within the opening set, after which they took a 3-2 lead. From being 0-2 down, Bopanna and Sania acquired a foothold again into the competition.
The Brazilians didn’t surrender and shortly made it 3-3 earlier than the Indian duo rapidly regained the momentum with a 4-3 lead. And when it mattered probably the most, Bopanna-Mirza acquired their second service break to increase the result in 5-3.
However, the Brazilians weren’t going to surrender the ghost so simply. They earned a break again and by some means stayed alive within the set after which made it 5-5. Sania held serve for the third time within the set to offer India a 6-5 lead and it was Bopanna’s serve that was a reason for concern.
Stefanie, who was but to carry serve within the first 11 video games, pulled off an ace to offer Brazil two probabilities of breaking. But Bopanna saved each factors and helped India keep alive. But the Brazilians held their serve to take the primary set right into a tie-breaker.
India trailed 0-3 earlier than Bopanna’s forehand give India their first factors. However, Brazil ran away with the primary set and gained it 7-6 (6-2).
The second set was a reasonably one-sided error as Brazil took a 3-1 lead with a break of serve to their identify. Soon the lead turned 4-1 and the Indian duo discovered themselves in a now-or-never state of affairs. However, Matos and Stefanie closed the set and the match out.
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Jan 27, 2023