Sania and Bhupathi reach maiden French Open final

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Paris, Jun 6: Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi breezed into their maiden French Open mixed doubles final here on Wednesday. The seventh-seed Indian pair thrashed unseeded Kazakh-Italian combination of Galina Voskoboeva and Daniele Bracciali 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 10 minutes. [UPDATE: Bhupathi-Sania win maiden French Open mixed doubles title]

Bhupathi was strong with his serve and Sania was sharp at the net in the match. A Bhupathi volley winner in the seventh game gave the Indians a commanding 5-2 lead and Sania comfortably served out the match in the next game. Galina netted a forehand to give Indians their first match point and Sania hit a crushing backhand winner to seal the match.

It is for the third time that Sania and Bhupathi have reached a Grand Slam final together. They had won the 2009 Australia Open and ended runners-up at the same tournament the previous year. Sania had become the first woman from India to win a Grand Slam in 2009 while Bhupathi has so far won 11 Major titles, seven of which are mixed doubles trophies. Leander Paes is the most successful Indian tennis player with 13 Grand Slam titles, seven of which are men's doubles trophies with various partners.

Interestingly, Sania and Bhupathi may find face Leander Paes-Elena Vesnina duo in the final. Russia's Vesnina is Sania's regular partner on the circuit and with Bhupathi she had ended runners-up in the Wimbledon last year.

Paes and Vesnina will play against the Polish-Mexican pair of Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gonzalez in the other semi-final.

PTI

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