Bhupathi-Sania move to mixed doubles final

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Melbourne, Jan 25 (UNI) Keeping alive Indian hopes in the Australian Open, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza today set a smile on the face of Indian tennis fans as they won 6-4, 6-2 over Nathalie Dechy of France and Andy Ram of Israel in the semifinals of the mixed doubles competition here.

The unseeded pair will now face the winner of the other semifinal between fifth seeds Tiantian Sun of China and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic and the third seeded pair of Chinese Zi Yan and Mark Knowles of Bahrain.

Meanwhile, Yuki Bhambri of Delhi lost in the junior boys singles semifinal to local hope Bernard Tomic.

Yuki put up a spirited fight before going down 0-6, 7-5, 1-6.

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