Melbourne, January 25: India’s tennis star Sania Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig entered semifinals in Mixed Doubles category of Australian Open 2017 at Melbourne Park on Wednesday. Sania and Dodig defeated Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski by 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 in a match that lasted for one hour and seven minutes.
Mirza and Dodig took off well to get the one break needed in the first set, which was enough for them to clinch the set and take the lead in the match. Bopanna and Dabrowski, however, fought back well to reverse the trend in the second set to get the break, which was enough for them to level the match.
In the super tie-break, the unseeded Indo-Canadian pair raced away to have three match point chances at 9-6. Mirza and Dodig somehow managed to level it at 9-all. But Bopanna and Dabrowski again took the lead at 10-9 but Mirza and Dodig had had enough and clinched the next three points to win the set and match with a forehand smash unforced error from Bopanna/Dabrowski.
With this defeat, Bopanna's campaign has ended at the first Grand Slam of the season. He had lost in the men's doubles second round with new partner Pablo Cuevas.
Meanwhile, Sania had also lost in the women's doubles pre-quarterfinals with Barbora Strycova but is still alive for her overall seventh and fourth mixed doubles Grand Slam title.
Sania and Dodig will take on either Indo-Swiss duo of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis or Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth for a place in the final.
In Women's Singles, World Number two Serena Williams has also sealed a spot in semifinals. She defeated Briton Johanna Konta 6-2, 6-3 in Melbourne today.