Still Proud Indian, Says Sania Mirza After US Open Win

Updated: 06 September 2014 12:22 IST

Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares defeated American Abigail Spears and Mexico's Santiago Gonazalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 to win the US Open mixed doubles title on Friday.

Still Proud Indian, Says Sania Mirza After US Open Win
Sania Mirza (L) of India and Bruno Soares (R) of Brazil, mixed doubles champions, celebrate with the trophy in front of the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park after their mixed doubles final on Day Twelve of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City © AFP

New York:

India's Sania Mirza captured her third Grand Slam mixed doubles title on Friday, winning the US Open crown with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares and then declared herself "a proud Indian".

Mirza and Soares defeated American Abigail Spears and Mexico's Santiago Gonazalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9. (Pics)

Soares claimed a second US Open mixed doubles title to go with his 2012 victory with Russian Ekaterina Makarova. Mirza had lifted mixed doubles titles at the 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.

Mirza's win comes just a month after she was described by a Hindu nationalist politician as "Pakistan's daughter-in-law" and unfit to be a representative of India.

The blast was delivered by K. Laxman, a regional legislator belonging to the national ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who questioned the credentials of Mirza to be "brand ambassador" for the country's newest state Telengana.

Mirza, 27, and married to former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, broke down in tears over the controversy.

"It was tough, you know. Just before I left there was a lot happening at home. But, yeah. Still a proud Indian, I guess, five weeks later," said Mirza, whose women's doubles campaign with Zimbabwe partner Cara Black ended on Thursday at the hands of Martian Hingis and Flavia Pennetta.

Mirza and Soares, playing their first event together, needed six match points to take victory on Friday with the Indian star celebrating by performing an enthusiastic bunny hop into the arms of the Brazilian.

"I got tight. He held his nerve. I needed that a little bit with my serve. I was serving well till then," said Mirza, who double faulted on the first match point.

"I was making a lot of first serves. It's never easy. No matter how many you win, never easy to close it out."



Topics : Sania Mirza Bruno Soares Abigail Spears Santiago Gonzalez Tennis
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