Indian tennis stars Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi have earned themselves a shot at their second Grand Slam title together by breezing into their maiden French Open mixed doubles final at the Roland Garros in Paris.
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They will face the Polish-Mexcian pair of Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gonzalez, who made it to the final after beating India's Leander Paes and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina, today in the title clash at the Roland Garros.
It is for the third time that Sania and Bhupathi have reached a Grand Slam final together. They won the 2009 Australia Open and had ended runners-up at the same tournament in 2008.
Sania had become first woman from India to win a Grand Slam in 2009 while Bhupathi,, who celebrates his 38th birthday today, has so far won 11 Major titles, seven of which are mixed doubles trophies.
The seventh seed Indian pair had thrashed unseeded Kazak-Italian combination of Galina Voskoboeva and Daniele Bracciali 6-3 6-2 to record a facile victory in an hour and 10 minutes in the semi-final.
Sania-Bhupathi got on the board breaking their opponents' serve in the very first game of the match. Bhupathi struggled with his serve early on as Voskoboeva-Bracciali immediately broke back for 1-1.
The Indians lifted their level of play as the set progressed, with Bhupathi finding his rhythm. Sania played solid throughout the set, serving well and using her dangerous forehand for desired results. Bhupathi closed out the set with an ace.
The first set lasting 39 minutes saw Indians converting half of their six break points while Voskoboeva and Bracciali cashed in on the two opportunities that came their way.
Sania-Bhupathi showed their class in the second set as Voskoboeva-Bracciali ran out of steam.
Bhupathi's only mixed doubles title at Roland Garros came in 1997 when he partnered Japan's Rika Hiraki. Sania is yet to win here in the mixed doubles event. She reached the women's doubles final in 2011 with Vesnina.
(With PTI inputs)