Indian tennis stars Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza clashed in the mixed-doubles final of the Australian Open on Friday. Bopanna and Sania lost to Brazil’s Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos in straight sets (6-7, 2-6) at the Rod Laver Arena.
The match also marked the end of Sania’s Grand Slam career. Sania’s family, including her son Izaan, was present at Melbourne Park for her last dance in a Grand Slam. While Bopanna’s wife and children were also seen cheering for the Indian pair.
After the match, a fan took to Twitter and labeled Bopanna’s wife as “the most beautiful woman”.
— Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) January 28, 2023
Sania ended her illustrious Grand Slam career by finishing runner-up at the Australian Open.
“If I cry, it’s happy tears. It’s just a disclaimer. I’m still going to play a few more tournaments but my professional career journey started in Melbourne,” said an emotional Sania as she fought back tears. .
“Rohan was my first mixed doubles partner when I was 14 and we won the national team. That was 22 years ago and I couldn’t think of a better person, he is my best friend and one of my best partners to finish my career,” said Sania. , thanks to Bopanna, who has a French Open mixed doubles title to her credit.
The 36-year-old, who earlier announced that next month’s WTA event in Dubai.
Will be her swansong, is India’s most accomplished women’s tennis player, having won six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles trophies.
He won mixed doubles titles at the 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open with Mahesh Bhupathi. And at the 2014 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares.
The Rod Laver Arena has been a happy hunting ground for Hyderabadis. She has one women’s doubles and mixed doubles title each and has been runner-up at the Australian Open four times